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Illinois millionaire tax ballot question advances

Published: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 4:10 p.m. CST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois Senate committee has advanced a plan that will allow the so-called millionaire's tax question to be on the November ballot.

The Senate Executive Committee approved a measure Wednesday on a non-binding resolution asking voters if the Illinois Constitution should be amended to add a 3 percent surcharge to annual incomes of more than $1 million. The idea is to generate money for education.

Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan sponsors the measure.

Proponents say the initiative will help build support for the proposal in the Illinois Legislature next year. But Republicans raised concerns about it being a measure to simply drive voter turnout.

An effort for the tax failed earlier in the year.

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Bill: HB3816

Online: http://www.ilga.gov

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