Pritzker once again refused to give detailed answers as to where Illinois would come up with the money for that as well as the billions of dollars’ worth of other promises he’s made, nor would he share projected tax rates despite a debate moderator needling him for having “tap dancing” around his centerpiece plan of amending the constitution so that Illinois could tax income based on wealth brackets.
The mental image of Pritzker tap dancing made me chuckle at the time.
Asked how a Peoria teacher, making an average salary of $51,481, would fare under Pritzker’s plan, the Democrat responded: “That teacher ought to get a tax break. In fact, people in the middle class and those striving to get there should get a tax break.”
But Pritzker didn’t elaborate on any more specifics, once again saying rates would have to be negotiated with lawmakers and that implementing a graduated tax would go before the voters as a proposed constitutional amendment.
That prompted Rauner to say, “Mr. Pritzker dodges questions like he dodges his taxes.”
That was the governor’s best rehearsed and best delivered line of the night. In fact, it was his only high point, I think.
* ABC 7…
“Why not give a rate? We didn’t get a rate in the first forum, we didn’t get a rate in the ABC7 debate, this is your chance tonight, in the last debate, can you give us a rate?” the moderator asked.
“Well let me tell you this, we want to make sure we’re negotiating it with the people in the legislature,” Prtizker answered.
He just looks so bad whenever he’s asked these questions.