I know, I know you just got done thinking about taxes for the year. But bare with me! When you’re slogging through tax forms, it’s hard to take a step back and consider, why do my taxes work the the way they do? And who decided that?
Lindsay Welbers has been thinking about all these things, and she’s wondering if maybe there’s a better way. She sent us this great question: Is it a pipe dream to have a progressive tax in Illinois?
Lindsay already knows a thing or two about tax policy, but if you have no clue what we’re talking about, don’t worry! I will break it all down. We’ll discuss how our tax system works now, how it could change, and whether any of that would result in you getting a tax break. Plus we’ll learn a thing or two about the Illinois Constitution!
Guests: Daniel Kay Hertz from the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability
Professor Ann Lousin from John Marshall Law School
Our guest Daniel Kay Hertz mentioned a few polls and studies to back up his argument. You can find them all below:
Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Opinion Poll: 66.5% of Illinoisans favor a progressive tax
COUNTERPOINT: the conservative think tank Illinois Policy Institute also recently did a poll with very different results. I will leave it to the public policy wonks among you to figure out which poll has more reliable methods.
CTBA’s brand new report laying out their argument for a graduated income tax as well as their suggested rates for different income brackets.
Host and producer: Ellen Mayer
Question asker: Lindsay Welbers
Original theme music: Jacob Chaparro of the Broken Nose Collective
Logo illustration: Kayla Ginsburg of the Radical Stitchery
Production support: Daniel Kisslinger of AirGo Radio