* You may remember this from the Senate Republican Caucus on the governor’s income tax proposal…
Without guaranteed protections for middle class families, we are opposed to the governor’s $3.4 billion tax increase.
I never did get a specific answer about what those protections might be, although they do seem to be interested in talking about it.
* Hannah Meisel at the Daily Line…
[Sen. Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods] said Pritzker has “talked a big game in terms of bipartisanship…We haven’t seen a lot of substance on that yet.”
[Sen. Don Harmon, Oak Park] however, said that if Republicans “feel they haven’t been invited yet [to negotiate on progressive income tax rates], let me invite them right now.
“No calendar is set yet; any Republican who wants to talk about the language of the rate structure or constitutional amendment should reach out to the Democratic caucus,” Harmon said.
But [Illinois Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Todd Maisch] cautioned Thursday that Republicans should stay out of negotiating on a progressive income tax, saying a “strong statement” against a progressive tax is the “right position, no doubt about it.”
* The Question: Should at least some legislative Republicans come to the table and try to negotiate the overall graduated income tax plan, even though they may not vote for it? Or should they totally refuse to take part and try to kill the proposal, even though they’re in the super-minority? Take the poll and then explain your answer in comments, please…