Bernard Schoenburg: SJ-R, WMAY forum on tax amendment coming Wednesday

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In what we can only hope will be a more cordial exchange than some, the pros and cons of the proposed Illinois constitutional amendment to allow a graduated income tax is coming at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The State Journal-Register, in partnership with WMAY Radio (92.7/94.7/970AM) is hosting the forum. The amendment on the Nov. 3 ballot would remove the Illinois Constitution’s provision that the state income tax on individuals must be imposed at a flat rate. That would allow people with different levels of income to be taxed at different rates – like the federal government and most states do.

Proponents say that under rates already approved the legislature, contingent on the amendment passing, it would make people paid $250,000 a year or more pay more, while 97 percent of taxpayers would pay the same or less. But opponents say that given the state’s fiscal woes and the state’s track record, the new law would let lawmakers raise rates on many more people.

Jake Lewis, representing Vote Yes for Fairness, and Andrew Nelms of Americans for Prosperity, representing The Coalition to Stop the Proposed Tax Hike Amendment, will answer questions from me and Jim Leach, WMAY news director.

People also can submit a question at sj-r.com/gradtax.

Watch the forum live via Zoom at https://ift.tt/30VVKI1 or listen by dialing (301) 715-8592 or (312) 626 6799. You will need the webinar ID 969 1150 6068 and passcode 957244 to join.

The forum will be broadcast live on the SJ-R Facebook page, WMAY stations and streamed at WMAY.com

Meanwhile, a second debate between U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, and Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan of Springfield will take place from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. It is happening in Normal and can be watched by the public, but is not open to the public due to COVID-19 precautions.

The lead sponsor of the debate is WGLT 89.1 FM, the public radio station at Illinois State University, and there are several partners.

The debate can be seen via Facebook Live at Facebook.com/WGLTFM. It will air later on WGLT.org and is scheduled to be rebroadcast on WGLT at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The rematch between Davis and Londrigan is a nationally-watched race. Davis won by less than a percentage point in 2018.

On Friday, Londrigan’s campaign announced she raised nearly $1.55 in the quarter ending Sept. 30, and had more than $1.3 millon on hand. The Davis campaign did not yet announced its fundraising numbers for the quarter.

Contact Bernard Schoenburg: Bernard.schoenburg@sj-r.com, 788-1540, twitter.com/bschoenburg

via The State Journal-Register

October 11, 2020 at 08:59PM

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