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State House District 19

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    Lindsey LaPointe
    (Dem)

  • Jeff Muehlfelder
    (Rep)

  • Joseph Schreiner
    (Lib)

Biographical Information

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?

Campaign Phone (773) 318-7409
Campaign Email lapointefor19@gmail.com
Illinois was in a difficult fiscal place before the pandemic, and we have lived through six months of plummeting revenue with an unknown floor. We must continue to pay down our debt, make our pension payments, and use a tool box of progressive revenue to move towards fiscal stability. Some methods to increase revenue and decrease spending I support include a real estate transfer tax, a strategically located Chicago casino, and some government consolidation.

Revenue should be prioritized to pay into our state’s debts and public education. As it stands, state funding makes up a smaller percentage of K-12 education funding compared to other states, which creates pressure on local governments to fund education through property taxes.
Yes, I support the Fair Tax amendment. If we want to address Illinois’ financial crisis without overburdening middle-class and working families with more taxes, then we need to make sure everyone is paying their fair share. A graduated state income tax brings Illinois in line with many other states and is an important tool in the toolbox to stabilize our state’s finances.

I am also working on legislation (SB1379) that will grant more data to the Cook County Tax Assessor’s office to allow for more accuracy, transparency, and fairness in assessments on income producing properties, giving more parity to middle-class homeowners. We can also work to prevent tax hikes by stabilizing property taxes through increased state-level K-12 funding.
I believe a non-partisan commission should be created to draw maps, instead of the General Assembly, with a firm commitment to creating fair districts that maintain proper political and demographic representation in our legislature.
I was proud to vote yes on a bill in May 2020 to expand vote by mail during this pandemic for the 2020 General Election. Vote by mail expansion is an important form of ballot access and voting rights and I’m very open to a discussion on universal vote by mail after we get a chance to take in the lessons learned from November 2020.
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