* Brian Mackey on Gov. Pritzker’s $5 million contribution to the Vote Yes for Fairness committee, which is pushing his graduated income tax plan…
Because voters have the final say, the Democratic governor and his Republican opponents are expected to spend a great deal of money on persuasion.
“Well certainly there’s been a threat by lots of well-funded right-wing organizations and individuals to preserve the unfair tax system that exists today,” Pritzker says.
“It was important to me to step up and support something that I’ve been talking about since day one of my campaign, something that I think is very important for the state,” he says. […]
The group on the other side of the issue is called “Vote No on the Blank Check Amendment.” It has yet to report any contributions and did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
* Mark Maxwell doesn’t quote anyone from the opposition group, but did catch up with the Chamber’s point person…
The Illinois Chamber of Commerce has already come out against the proposal, and its President predicts more groups will soon join their ranks.
“When I saw that [Pritzker] put $5 million into his PAC, I think that indicates he’s afraid he’s going to lose,” [Chamber President Todd Maisch] said in a phone call Wednesday night.
“Illinoisans are incredibly skeptical of the competence of Illinois state government right now,” he said. “We think taxpayers are going to say, ‘We’re not going to send a whole lot of money to Springfield under the current circumstances.’”
Maisch and his allies are closely studying the campaigns to defeat a progressive tax push in Colorado, where Democrats put the question on the ballot three elections in a row, but voters rejected the idea all three times.
In the most recent election, “Colorado tied it to education,” Maisch said, “which is almost always the most popular priority for spending, and they still couldn’t get it done. Illinois has no tie to where the dollars are going to go. So you don’t know if it’s going to go for new bronze doors for the statehouse, or to pay the light bill, or to pay for plane trips out of state. We are confident we are going to win.”
And they’re so confident that they haven’t done any fundraising yet? Is that the logic?