Pritzker Comes Up Short
Tuesday, Mar 12, 2019
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Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s “fair tax” plan hinges on a promise to raise $3.4 billion in new revenue. But a simple, static revenue estimate shows the governor’s proposed rate structure falls nearly $1 billion short of that number – even without taking into account the economic effects of a tax hike. And the governor is refusing to show his math.
Pritzker’s questionable revenue estimate raises a point echoed by Center for Tax and Budget Accountability Executive Director Ralph Martire in the Chicago Tribune – $3.4 billion isn’t enough to fund what Pritzker has proposed in new spending:
In other words, more tax hikes are just around the corner.
It’s important to remember that Illinois policymakers are often motivated to reach certain revenue estimates that support their policy preferences. Pritzker should release the full methodology behind his revenue estimate before asking Illinoisans to trust his numbers on a multibillion-dollar tax hike.