It’s time for a fair income tax in Illinois.

The current flat tax written into the 1970 Illinois constitution ties our state’s hands from recapturing some of the incredible wealth amassed by those at the top over the last several decades.

It’s not that there isn’t enough money to adequately fund our schools and roads and start solving our state’s fiscal woes. It’s that that our current flat tax structure combined with gross economic inequality allows the super-rich to keep getting richer while the rest of us keep falling behind. In fact, those at the low end of the income scale currently pay almost twice as much in state and local taxes, as a percentage of income, as those at the top.*

As someone who believes in fairness and equity, I think it’s only right that those who benefit the most, pay the most.

Current proposals would cut or freeze taxes for 97% of us, while raising tax rates on only the top 3%. Don’t let anyone fool you into thinking that a fair tax would raise taxes on the middle class.

Illinois is one of the only states in the country with a flat tax written into its constitution. It’s time for our state legislators to get out of the way and allow we the people to vote on a constitutional amendment to remove the flat tax straitjacket. Let’s call on our state legislators to vote for the Fair Tax amendment (SJRCA 1) which would do just that!

* https://itep.org/wp-content/uploads/whopays-ITEP-2018.pdf

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