Resolution would give taxpayers a seat at the table
State Senator Steve McClure (R-Springfield) is signing onto a bill that would put any plan to raise or create new taxes into the hands of Illinois voters. Sen. McClure joined a press conference at the capitol on Tuesday, March 26, to raise support for Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 12.
SJRCA 12, filed by Senator Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods), proposes an amendment to Illinois’ Constitution to prohibit the legislature from imposing or raising a state tax or fee except through legislation approved by a two-thirds supermajority vote in both the Senate and House of Representatives. Current law requires only a simple majority to pass a tax increase or implement a new tax.
“We need to protect middle class families,” said Sen. McClure. “Our government continues to come up with ways to reach into the pockets of our taxpayers, always with a promise that the new tax increases will solve our problems. Then the government comes back soon after with the same promises attached to another increase. This would ensure that any tax increase would need to have overwhelming support.”
Senate Republicans note 15 states already impose some kind of supermajority requirement—forcing two-thirds, three-fourths, or three-fifths of their legislatures to sign off before raising or implementing new taxes.
“We’re seeing state after state adopt this kind of requirement,” said Sen. McClure. “It’s time Illinois offers our taxpayers the same protection.”
About Senate District 50:
The 50th Senate District is located in central Illinois and encompasses the entirety of Calhoun, Greene, Morgan, Pike, and Scott Counties, and partially within Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, and Sangamon Counties.
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