GOP State Central Committee Chair slams revenue director Harris' position in flat tax debate
The chair of the Republican State Central Committee in Illinois' 9th Congressional District recently expressed her displeasure at the Illinois Department of Revenue Director’s call for eliminating the flat tax provision from the state constitution.
Charlene Foss-Eggemann implied that by supporting Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s fair tax initiative, revenue head David Harris is harming taxpayers.
“Anyone who truly cares about protecting the average Illinois taxpayer from an oppressive income tax burden down the road must respect and preserve the flat tax provision in the State Constitution,” wrote Foss-Eggemann in an email to North Cook News. “If this tax cap is eliminated, no Illinois taxpayer at any level of income is protected from infinite tax hikes by our one-party legislature.”
A former state representative out of Arlington Heights, Harris said in an interview with WCIA that the House Republicans’ hardline opposition “is bad for their constituents.” Republicans assert that the flat tax prevents taxes from being raised on everyone, while Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker and his supporters are pushing for a graduated rate structure they claim will escalate taxes on the state's highest earners.
Foss-Eggemann claimed that Harris’s allegiance to the party is non-existent.
“Mr. Harris left the Illinois Republican Party the day he joined Speaker Madigan’s Democratic caucus to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of the permanent income tax hike in 2017,” she said.