Ray Hanania on Politics Podcast: Pritzker’s “unFair Tax”

Ray Hanania on Politics Podcast: Pritzker’s “unFair Tax”
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Ray Hanania on Politics Podcast: Pritzker’s “unFair Tax”

In his latest podcast, Ray Hanania on Politics, former Chicago City Hall reporter Ray Hanania digs deep into the problems that Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s “Fair tax’ poses for Illinois taxpayers.

Hanania explores the problems caused when the state replaces the Flat Tax on incomes with a “graduated income tax.” The change will permit Pritzker’s administration to increase the tax at any time by targeting certain income levels. Under the Flat Tax, targeting income brackets would be impossible. It is also more difficult to raise the Flat Tax because it impacts every income earner int he state including the poor, building resistance to any increases.

In the podcast, Hanania also wonders out loud why Pritzker is using former Comptroller Dan Hynes, his “Deputy Mayor,” to take the lead in the restructuring of the state’s tax issues. The change from the Flat Tax to the Graduated Tax is a proposal Hynes proposed when he ran for governor unsuccessfully losing to Pat Quinn in 2010.

Why isn’t Pritzker tapping Juliana Stratton, his Lieutenant Governor, to handle this important issue?

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Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania is an award-winning columnist, author & former Chicago City Hall reporter (1977-1992). A veteran who served during the Vietnam War and the recipient of four SPJ Peter Lisagor Awards for column writing, Hanania writes weekly opinion columns on mainstream American & Chicagoland topics for the Southwest News-Herald, Des Plaines Valley News, the Regional News, The Reporter Newspapers, and Suburban Chicagoland.  

Hanania also writes about Middle East issues for the Arab News, and The Arab Daily News criticizing government policies in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

A critic of mainstream news media bias, Hanania advocates for peace & justice for Israel & Palestine, & the empowerment of Arabs in America. 

"I write about three topics, the Middle East, politics and life in general. I often take my life experiences and offer them in an entertaining way to readers, and I take on the toughest topics like the Israel-Palestine conflict and don't pull any punches about what I feel is fair. But, my priority is always about writing the good story."

Click Here to LISTEN to Hanania's live radio show on 2nd Friday every month 7 AM CST. Click here to listen to Ray's Podcasts. 

His columns are archived here. Hanania was named "Best Ethnic American Columnist" by the New America Media in November 2007, and is the 2009 recipient of the SPJ National Sigma Delta Chi Award for column writing.

Email Ray Hanania at rghanania@gmail.com.

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