House Republican Who's Against Tax Increases Sponsors Bill That Would Increase Taxes
It’s a concept that has many people scratching their heads – a House Republican, who's said she's against increasing taxes, is sponsoring a bill that would do exactly that.
Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, is sponsoring Senate Bill 9, a revenue bill that passed the Senate Tuesday and is part of the Grand Bargain.
"I think that it's very interesting that Jeanne Ives, or Rep. Ives, who always gets up and speaks about her anti-tax fervor is now the sponsor of the largest set of tax increases in Illinois history," Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, said.
Early in the session, Ives filed paperwork ensuring she'd be the chief sponsor of the Senate's revenue bill.
Ives wants control of the bill so she can amend it to include pro-business reforms, such as cutting taxes on businesses instead of raising them, lowering the personal income tax rate and adding more tax credits.
It would also expand the sales tax to dry cleaning services, landscaping, tattoos, piercings and more.
"As long as I’m the sponsor we will not move that legislation in its current form,” Ives said. “I will not put on a $5.4 billion tax increase on businesses and taxpayers in the state of Illinois."
The legislation, as it stands now, would bring in $5.4 billion of new revenue by increasing taxes on a variety of things -- including raising the personal income tax rate to 4.95 percent from the current 3.75 percent rate.
Ives did acknowledge House Democrats could take the revenue bill's language and get it through under the Democratic legislation. At this point though, she said no one's approached her about doing that.
The Senate’s revenue bill passed the Senate without a single vote from Republicans.
The legislature has seven days to get a budget to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s desk before their spring legislative session ends.