CHICAGO (AP) -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner says efforts to put a millionaires' tax on the November ballot in Illinois don't "mean much."
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan wants a non-binding resolution. It would ask voters to amend the state constitution so those making more than $1 million annually pay a 3 percent surcharge. Madigan's spokesman says a showing of public support would help build momentum for a legislative proposal.
Legislative efforts for such a tax have previously failed.
Rauner told reporters Thursday after a speech to Chicago's Chinatown Chamber of Commerce that such referenda are a failure of leadership and lawmakers should focus on cutting the spending burden on taxpayers.
Lawmakers are working on a budget. Rauner says his spending plan will be unveiled soon.
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