Unclear on the concept
Tuesday, Mar 12, 2019
* Gov. Pritzker was asked by reporters today why he doesn’t support expanding the sales tax to cover services. He talked about his general opposition to flat taxes and how, although it may be necessary to increase them in some instances, he prefers progressive taxation.
He also said that some of the folks arguing for an increase in flat taxes are the same people who are advocating for the “3 percent.” You’ll recall that Pritkzer’s proposed graduated income tax would only raise taxes on the top 3 percent of earners, so he’s got a new catch-phrase.
“The bulk of a flat tax increase falls on the middle class and the working class and people that are striving to get to the middle class,” Pritzker said.
* A reporter then chimed in…
“Those are flat taxes. What do you think?” an incredulous Pritzker responded. “Everybody gets taxed at the same rate.”
Maybe the reporter just got confused for a moment. Stuff happens and he’s a bright guy, so whatever. And always remember the old saying about how there are no bad questions, just bad answers.
But what you’re seeing here is how difficult it’s going to be to explain this stuff when even experienced political reporters seem to have trouble following the thread.
…Adding… Come to think of it, a graduated sales tax might not be a bad idea. Slap an extra tax on First Class airfare, or $600+ per night hotel rooms or $70,000 cars or whatever.
…Adding… The raw audio is here.