"Today the only people who pay personal income tax are those who pay on interest and dividends and those single proprietors and partners that pay a low tax on wages in the BET. When the I&D tax was set up, only the wealthy had interest/dividends. Now, the wealthy have more of their income in untaxed capital gains and high salaries and benefits, and the poor have to leave their retirement savings in I&D and pay 5%. A personal income tax would allow us to provide meaningful exemptions that would actually protect the lower half of the income spectrum in our state from paying on what little they have. I have, and would, support a tax on disposable income - the income people receive above basic subsistence. But I will not promote it until the people of this state realize how badly our local property taxes, our schools, our child and elder care, our university and community colleges, our access to all part of health maintenance, and our public safety and justice system have been impacted by the purposive reduction of state revenues over the last several decades. And if we get to that while I am still serving, I would want to see all proposals for a solution presented and debated together, so everyone will know the benefits and harms of each measure to our society and economy."
Source: Citizens Count Issue Survey 2018