We must address Illinois’ revenue shortfall and debt by creating a more equitable tax system and passing the Fair Tax. Our outdated tax system directly impacts our ability to meet our pension obligations, invest in education, and reduce property taxes.
We also need to consider other alternatives to address challenges. We should close corporate tax loopholes and consider refinancing pension debt.
In addition, I support the Clean Energy Jobs Act, which is projected to spur economic growth, expand access to clean energy careers, create more than $30 billion in new private investment in Illinois, and offer new opportunities while building a new clean energy economy.
Yes, I support the Fair Tax amendment and see it as a critical step in setting Illinois on the path to firm financial footing. Currently lower-income households pay almost double what the wealthiest pay in taxes as a share of their income. In addition, this unfair tax system does not raise enough revenue to pay for public services. With the Fair Tax, the wealthiest people would pay their fair share and 97% of taxpayers will get a tax cut. The additional tax revenue generated from a graduated income tax must be used to fund core services such as education, healthcare, and human services.
I believe redistricting reform is needed to move Illinois forward and put the people’s interests ahead of the politicians’ interests. We need a plan that will also include fair representation and protect all Illinois citizens. An independent, transparent redistricting process that ensures communities are fully and fairly represented in the legislature and that complies with federal law would protect the integrity of the democratic process and restore citizens’ faith that their votes matter.
Voting is a fundamental right and must be protected. In the past year, we have seen the necessity of a robust vote-by-mail system. The provisions of the emergency rules that were signed by the governor were necessary and critical to protect the safety, health, and rights of the people of Illinois.
While this election allows for vote by mail through emergency rules, Illinois should consider making vote-by-mail provisions permanent. Vote by mail significantly increases voter turnout, as seen in Oregon. Residents there vote primarily by mail, and the state typically gets a 50% voter turnout in primary elections, compared to other states who get half that amount. This increase is seen in all demographics, which is very significant.