State Senate District 31
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How would you address Illinois' revenue shortfall, especially in light of COVID-19, including plans to raise more revenue and how to prioritize spending?
Do you support the Fair Tax (graduated rate income tax) amendment?
What measures will you support for equitable redistricting?
What is your position on vote by mail and would you support a universal vote by mail for Illinois?
Illinois was facing a $6 billion deficit before the pandemic blew another $6 billion hole into it. We pay some of the nation's highest tax burdens and have one of the most notoriously corrupt governments led by the longest-serving legislative leader in our State and Nation's history. Businesses and the people who rely on them are fleeing to states that treat them better at an alarming rate. We cannot afford to lose any more of our tax base to these unwelcoming conditions. In these times, when everyone needs to cut back and tighten our belts, we must demand that the State government do the same. We must prioritize our spending to cover the things we must pay for and make cuts across the board until the budget is balanced.
I cannot support an effort to confuse voters with political doublespeak. For the Governor to suggest that he will only tax the wealthy is dishonest. They have the means to move to a state that treats them better. The Governor is spending $55 million of his wealth in a propaganda campaign that signals them to do just that. They will soon learn that there are not enough wealthy people left in this State to pay for the decades' worth of mismanagement and corruption. The General Assembly would be vested with the power to arbitrarily increase taxes on anyone that they want, rather than having to make the tougher argument to raise the flat tax on everyone. In the Land of Lincoln, we must keep the philosophy of equality under the law.
We need the redistricting process to become less-partisan for it to be equitable. I would support the commissioning of an equally bipartisan committee to work towards redrawing the political boundary lines in a uniform way that will seek to remove some of the confusion that is caused by carving out portions of municipalities to better serve the voters instead of the incumbents. There are national competitions for drawing political maps most equitably, and we should be looking to those who are committed to that mission to be the ones who oversee the process.
Voting by mail is an excellent way for people to perform their civic duty. It allows voters to make a more informed opinion by providing them with the opportunity to research a candidate or ballot question that they wouldn't have if they voted in person. During these times, I think it is also a wise idea to request a ballot by mail to have as a fail-safe if it is difficult to get to the polls on Election Day. If you do request an absentee ballot, you can trade it in for a day-of-ballot to be counted immediately. I do not support these efforts to mail ballots to every potential voter universally. Those unrequested ballots are prime for fraud, coercion, and ballot harvesting.
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