The Illinois Statehouse is packed with lawmakers who either don’t understand the state’s financial problems or are unwilling to admit the insurmountable debts they’ve racked up.
This truth came to light yet again after state lawmakers voted to pass a 32% income tax hike on taxpayers.
Numerous lawmakers defended their position, including state Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch.
Welch took to Twitter July 3 to proclaim that raising the income tax to 4.95% from 3.75% was merely a 1.2% increase, not a 32% increase as Governor Bruce Rauner said.
Welch’s tweet unleashed a firestorm of backlash. Illinoisans know their lawmakers can’t balance the books, but messing up the math is especially insulting coming from a lawmaker who is actively working to raise taxes.
Welch deleted the tweet.
And he was wrong on the math. A tax increase of 1.2 percentage points on a base rate of 3.75% is a 32% increase.(1.2/3.75 = 32%)
Anyone paying $1,000 in taxes under the old regime would see their tax bill go up by $320 per year, which is exactly what families feel in their pocket books.
As the tax hike votes rolled in and were justified by lawmakers’ bad math, Illinoisans had to wonder to themselves: “How are these people running our state?”