Rep. Batinick remains unconvinced that Pritzker's graduated-tax plan is 'the right thing to do'
Veteran state Rep. Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) longs for the day when Illinois residents will have had enough with the failures of state government for it to make a difference on Election Day.
“What this states does with taxes is outrageous and only getting worse,” he told Will County Gazette. “I always talk about how voters have to be the change that’s really needed for Illinois. It starts and ends with the citizenry.”
Batinick sees the “worse” as coming in the form of a graduated income tax that top Democrats have publicly joined Gov. J.B. Pritzker in pushing. Pritzker has billed the plan as the best solution to Illinois' $3.2 billion budget deficit while taxing only the state’s most affluent 20,000 or so households.
In earning less than $250,000, the proposal states, the remaining 97 percent of the state’s population are promised an effective tax rate lower than the current 4.95 percent. Batinick, who won re-election in the 97th District in November with 52 percent of the vote and since the start of the new session has been tabbed as House GOP floor leader, is not convinced.
“Not too many Republicans have been,” he added. “Like the minimum wage increase and some of the other stuff they’ve rammed through his session, they’re just doing it anyway because they have the numbers to do it.”
Batinick said it would be much more prudent to rein in spending and for lawmakers to work on reforms like expanding the pension buyouts and worker’s compensation bills.
“That would be responsible government and the right thing to do,” he said.
To enact a constitutional amendment and become law, the graduated tax plan would need a three-fifths vote from the General Assembly and the backing of at least 60 percent of voters in the 2020 elections.
The 97th District includes portions of Bolingbrook, Joliet, Montgomery, Naperville, Oswego, Plainfield and Shorewood.