Bourne wants to keep current tax structure, opposes proposed income tax hike
Rep. Avery Bourne (R-Litchfield) opposed a graduated income tax hike along with other House Republicans during a press conference on Feb. 27.
Bourne signed on to co-sponsor House Resolution 153 along with all House Republicans, who oppose the graduated income tax hike Gov. J.B. Pritzker has been promoting.
Bourne said Illinois' current tax structure is the last competitive advantage that the state has.
"Our current structure provides long-term stability," Bourne said. "In (Pritzker's) budget address, he stated three-fourths of states have graduated rates, but what he failed to mention is that those states all top out at $60,000."
Bourne said Illinois has the highest tax burden in the Midwest.
"Adding another tax increase or changing our tax structure will not make us competitive," Bourne said.
Bourne said the tax hike would be another barrier to small business owners and that there were not enough rich people in Illinois to cover the costs Pritzker wants.