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Speaker Says Fair Tax Votes "Short"

Fri, 25 Apr 2014 09:43:06 CDT

A proposal for a graduated income tax is stalled in the Illinois General Assembly. The plan, where the more you earn, the more you pay, would require amending the state's constitution. But it's unclear whether it has the support it needs before an early May deadline. The proposal requires a three-fifths majority in the legislature before it'd be sent to voters. That means all 71 House Democrats would have to sign on, and House Speaker Michael Madigan suggests prospects are dim:

"Well, what I know is that it's short of the required 71 votes ... significantly short."

Field organizers for a graduated tax say they have statewide, bipartisan support. But so far, not a single Republican lawmaker's publicly supported the plan.

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