Democrat Halpin supports Constitutional amendment to change Illinois income tax structure

Representative maintains highest earners should pay higher rate

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. - Democrats in the Illinois House of Representatives voted for another stop gap spending plan.

Republicans say it's a non-starter and the governor could veto it if it clears the Senate.

Democratic State Representative Mike Halpin of Rock Island County discussed this during an appearance on 4 the Record.

Halpin says this is a good idea to keep colleges and universities afloat. He says it could prevent them from shutting down without state support.

Democrats recently countered the governor's "Turnaround Agenda" with their own plan called the "Comeback Agenda."

The centerpiece is a change in the income tax structure. It proposes moving Illinois away from a flat tax to a graduated income tax like there is in Iowa.

This would require a Constitutional amendment.

It's hard to consider this a realistic possibility given the heavy lift required for a Constitutional amendment.

Halpin says it's something Democrats should fight for and says the majority of Illinoisans support a higher tax on the highest earners.

However, a flat tax is the same for everyone the argument is that this is a fairer system because it's true equality.

Halpin points to the federal tax system and Iowa's state income tax system as places where a graduated tax works and is something Illinois should adopt.

Another proposal that's getting some attention to help increase Illinois' revenue is to legalize recreational marijuana.

We've seen other states do it.

Halpin says he hasn't made up his mind on where he stands on it and whether this has much traction in Springfield to actually come to a vote.

Halpin says he would go along with what his constituents want. He says most of the constituents he's spoken with about this issue support legalizing recreational marijuana.

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