How’s about, “The dollar amount can range and depends on where you live, but if you’re working and worried about paying your mortgage and bills, good schools for your kids, affordable healthcare and safe streets, you’re middle class….”
Dude, you’ve spent millions on staff. They can’t provide answers to softball questions?
FYI: The median household income for Illinois was $60,960 in 2016.
Households earning more than two-thirds of the state’s median income and less than double the state’s median income — between $43,000 and $130,000 — accounted for approximately half of Illinois’ households.
I totally get the avoiding specifics while ahead thing, but there’s gotta be a better answer than that. And just relying on “have to negotiate it with the Legislature” can be turned around to “I can’t have an opinion until I check with Madigan and Cullerton first.” I don’t think that is what he is going for.
You can check for yourself by county and state where middle class falls. I don’t expect sound bites from Pritzker, so to answer the exasperated reporter’s question, being middle class is not just about the money. Lifestyle, debt to assest ratios, number of people in the family unit, etc., etc. all are factors in what is considered “middle class”.
As to how the possible graduated income tax might affect the middle class, it’s going to depend on not only the rates that would be worked out, but also any additional credits, breaks, or exemptions that might also go along with those rates. And, at this point, it really wouldn’t matter if Pritzker answered in a sound bite or a lecture, for some the answer will never be complete enough.
By not clarifying his tax plan, voters will start assuming worst case and believe JB’s graduated income tax will hit their pocketbooks no matter what income level. Rauner wins the Devil that you know argument.
- view from the cheap seats - Tuesday, Oct 9, 18 @ 4:01 pm:
If a Republican said he didn’t know this, commenters would go ballistic on this site. Now, crickets.
Echoing what wordslinger and OW said, how is he still not able to turn a potentially difficult question into an opportunity to repeat his talking points at this late date? Rauner’s range was so absurdly wide that a little political mumbo-jumbo would have sounded like a better answer.
At some point don’t people need to quit criticizing JB’s “crew” for their inability to come up with reasonable answers to reasonable questions and look to the candidate himself to take care of this? JB’s paying them a lot, sure, and it appears he may not be getting his money’s worth. But he’s the one Illinoisans are voting for or against–not his crew.
Doesn’t matter because we will never get to a progressive tax. A year from now the flat rate will be 6 and there will be an increase in the personal exemption. The revenue won’t be enough to shore up State finances but nothing else will be politically doable
This was an easy ground ball that he has been bobbling around the last few months and then completely dropped it today. Runner on first by error. Kudos for Sun-Times for pressing him.
I was curious to see how my tax rate would change in different states with graduate tax rates. If you look at the marginal tax rate it would be higher in all but 5 states but if you look at the effective rate my rate would be lower in 21 other states. Given that my marginal and effective rate are virtually the same in Illinois, I’m concerned that my tax rate will be substantially higher with a graduated tax in Illinois. I do consider myself middle class…
Journalists have every right to know what the new tax tables are going to be in Illinois. JB has every right to not to answer based on the fact that most voters don’t think the tax code change will effect them negatively. These are the risks of voting for JB. It doesn’t seem to be hurting him .
After reading this story and the story about Rauner blaming illegal immigrants for the unemployment problem in Chicago, I’ve come to one conclusion, my fellow citizens… we’re about to get messed over…again.
Being middle class is very subjective anymore. My son lives in a Chicago high rise and owns a IT business. He is middle class. I live in the burbs am retired and have no debt. My income is at the edge of poverty. Yet I live good. I am middle class.
This is just a back door way of asking about tax rates. He is equally justified in not answering this as he is refusing to answer about tax rates. Let it help or hinder him as the public decides. And let journalists keep asking whatever they wish.