"Fair tax" may flop in Springfield

By WEEK Producer

April 29, 2014 Updated Apr 30, 2014 at 10:54 AM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill -- On Tuesday, the backers of the so-called "fair tax" lobbied members of the House and Senate in support of the act.

The "Fair Tax Act", as proposed by Representative Christian Mitchell, would amend the Illinois Constitution and allow for a graduated income tax.

Mitchell says that would lower the income tax of some 94-percent of Illinois residents, those making under $205,000 yearly.

"We can enact a tax system in Illinois which is fair and provides the services we need and o so in a way that provides tax relief to working families so you have more of what you need," said Mitchell. "And it's better for the Illinois economy and its better for small business. It's better for Illinois top to bottom."

The "Fair Tax" was approved by a Senate subcommittee but that is as far as it appears to be going.

Sponsors refused to call for a vote in the Illinois House so a graduated income tax is dead for now.

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