House GOP seeks taxpayer protection in HJRCA 34
State Rep. Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) has signed legislation that, if passed, would guarantee that the General Assembly only passes tax hikes when entirely necessary.
HJRCA 34 will mandate “two-thirds approval from lawmakers to raise income taxes on Illinoisans,” according to a statement released by Wehrli. Supporters such as himself believe the legislation is especially important if the state's current flat income tax is replaced with a graduated tax system as Gov. J.B. Pritzker has proposed.
“HJRCA 34 would provide an important layer of protection for taxpayers because it would make it harder for legislators to raise the income tax,” Wehrli said in his statement.
While a supermajority is still required to change the tax system to a graduated plan, this new legislation would ensure that tax rate changes are more difficult to enact.
“I believe this layer of protection is vital," Wehrli's statement continued. "Unfortunately, majority Democrats are holding this bill in Speaker Madigan’s Rules Committee and blocking it from receiving a fair hearing.”
HJRCA 34 would give voters more safeguards from knee-jerk tax rate hikes that the state has been inclined to pass historically. Wehrli was one of about 30 other Republican House members who voted in favor of HJRCA 34.