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Barickman co-sponsors bill against graduated tax

State Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, joined with colleagues to oppose further flat or graduated tax hikes that are being discussed in the Capitol.

“We hear firsthand every day about how that hike is hurting families and employers,” Barickman said in a press statement. “Yet there is a push underway by some in Springfield to raise taxes even higher. We have to draw a line.”

Barickman is co-sponsoring Senate Resolution 1590, which stands against changing the constitution to create a graduated tax rate. He joined a press conference April 17 to stand opposed to the concept.

The plans being talked about in Springfield include changing the Illinois Constitution to allow for a graduated or progressive income tax, allowing for higher tax rates on higher incomes and business owners, along with a tax proposed on the campaign trail that would increase rates and possibly offer some credits to reduce the tax burden for certain people.

“It’s unconscionable to me that anyone would suggest hiking taxes further, or to ask people to support amending the constitution to allow a graduated tax that would hit employers and job creators even harder,” Barickman said. “We know we need serious work to make our state friendlier to employers if we hope to begin growing jobs again. We also need stability for businesses to feel secure in investing here. Tax hikes and progressive tax schemes with variable rates do neither.”

Barickman noted in his press release legislation had been blocked from action, including reforms to workers compensation, which he said is cited as driving businesses, jobs and people out of the state.

“We should be working on ways to cut spending and lower tax bills, and we could be, but we need help from the other side,” Barickman said in the press statement. “This state has a spending problem; increasing the tax burden is not the answer.”

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