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Harmon: Fair tax, property tax task force will build a brighter future for Illinois

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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) joined colleagues and Gov. JB Pritzker today to announce the passage of a proposed constitutional amendment allowing for a fair tax and the creation of a property tax relief task force.

 

“We have taken a major step today toward providing our state two things it desperately needs: long-term stability and tax relief for middle-class and working families,” said Harmon, the sponsor of the proposed amendment. “By finally starting the process to reform our regressive tax system and simultaneously holding conversations about property tax relief, I know that we are building a better future for Illinois.”

The proposed constitutional amendment would remove language requiring a flat tax and allow the General Assembly to set lower rates for those making less and higher rates for the wealthiest Illinoisans.

Illinois is one of only nine states in the country to impose a flat tax. Harmon has worked to implement a fair tax for nearly 10 years, saying the state needs more flexibility in its tax structure.

The question of whether to amend the Constitution will now be placed on the ballot in November 2020. It will take effect if 60 percent of voters approve it.