SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Marty Moylan, D-Des Plaines, continued his fight against an income tax increase by supporting two measures at the state house this week that would make it more difficult for legislators to increase the income tax rate during a “lame duck” session.
“I do not support increasing the income tax rate at all, but I especially disapprove of a vote during a lame duck session,” said Moylan. “It’s no accident that the last income tax increase in 2011 was passed during a lame duck session. Politicians often look to pass income tax increases during this time because the outgoing members are no longer accountable to the voters.”
Moylan voted in favor of House Resolution 1494 on Wednesday in order to oppose the consideration or passage of any income tax increase on the people of Illinois during any “lame duck” special session that may be called to meet on or after January 1, 2017 at any time prior to January 11, 2017, which is the day the new General Assembly will be inaugurated.
Moylan also supports House Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 62, a measure that proposes to amend the Illinois Constitution by requiring any proposed tax increase introduced between a general election day and the subsequent inauguration day to receive a three-fifths majority vote to pass instead of a simple majority vote.
“A vote on approving something as consequential as a tax increase should never be held during a lame duck session,” said Moylan. “Trust in Illinois government is low because politicians in the past have snuck through last-minute, controversial legislation during lame duck sessions. It’s time to restore trust in Illinois government by stopping this practice and by instead making it harder for unaccountable politicians to force through tax increases on Illinois residents.”
For more information, please contact Moylan’s full-time constituent service office at 847-635-6821 or email@example.com.