Dec 10, 2018
JB Pritzker, the billionaire, won the governor’s office for the Democratic Party just weeks ago. One of his biggest campaign planks was for a “graduated income” tax—one that would make the rich pay more to fund public services. Pritzker was always vague on the details, but as late as September he said his non-proposal would mean “the vast majority” of Illinoisans would pay less. It’s only three weeks after the election, but here’s what he says now: “There was, of course, in the heat of the campaign misunderstandings about what a progressive or graduated income tax really does for the state.” He didn’t even wait to take office in January, to backpedal! A rich Democrat that would tax the wealthy? It’s about as “real” a notion as Santa Claus.