Pritzker’s progressive income tax could be in jeopardy as two Democrats defect


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTVO) — Governor Pritzker’s progressive income tax could be in jeopardy after two House Democrats announced they will vote against it.

Democrats have 74 seats in the Illinois House, but they need 71 votes to put the progressive income tax question on the November 2020 ballot.

Rep. Jonathan Carroll (D-57th District) explained his decision during an interview: “The wealthy people of my district that I’ve spoken to, and the reasonably wealthy people that I’ve spoken to, don’t have an issue with paying more in taxes. What their issue is: when does it stop?”

With Carroll and Rep. Sam Yingling (D-62nd District) backing out, Democrats are down to 72 potential ‘yes’ votes.

If they lose two more, Pritzker’s progressive tax plan could fall apart.

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