State House District 59
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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?
What is your position on vote by mail and would you support a universal vote by mail for Illinois?
What measures will you support to insure safe and clean water and air in the communities?
What measures will you support for equitable redistricting?
How do you propose that Illinois accept its responsibility to maintain and improve the quality of Illinois schools and take the burden off of local property taxes?
What actions do you feel the House can take to curtail gun violence?
The best way to address revenue shortfall this year is to adopt a graduated income tax system like the federal government and the majority of other states. This will allow us to lower taxes on people making $250,000 or less, while allowing us to adopt higher rates for millionaires and billionaires who have benefited the most from our system of government and can afford to pay a little bit more. We also need to continue to engage with our federal representatives and urge Congress to provide support for state and local budgets that are experiencing unexpected shortfalls as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Illinois has a no-excuse vote by mail system, which means anyone who wants to vote by mail has the opportunity to do so. I support this system which makes it as easy as possible for all people to vote. Vote by mail can be a challenge for some of our neighbors with disabilities, and I respect that many people simply enjoy voting in person at their polling place, so I would prefer to maintain the option of voting in-person instead of a universal vote by mail system.
One of my top priorities in my first term has been to reduce ethylene oxide emissions near residential neighborhoods. I am proud that we have passed one of the toughest ethylene oxide laws in the country, which has already successfully reduced the prevalence of cancer-causing pollutants in my district. I also am a co-sponsor of the Clean Energy Jobs Act, which will be another crucial step away from our reliance on fossil fuels that pollute our air and toward a sustainable green energy economy.
The best approach would be a nation-wide end to political gerrymandering. I would support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that permanently ends the practice of politicians drawing the boundaries of their own districts, so long as protections are in place to ensure districts are drawn in a fair and equitable manner. In Illinois, I am strongly supportive of redistricting proposals that will ensure minority communities have adequate representation in Springfield.
Adopting a graduated income tax will provide the state with the resources necessary to fully fund the evidence-based school funding model that was adopted by the legislature several years ago. We also need to work with local school districts and support cost-saving efforts that will reduce the burden on homeowners without reducing the quality of services that are provided in our local schools.
I am strongly supportive of the "Fix the FOID" bill, which will close loopholes in our background check process to ensure violent criminals are not slipping through the cracks and obtaining deadly weapons. That bill will also provide more funding to the Illinois State Police, so they can better administer the FOID Card system which is one of our primary tools for ensuring deadly weapons stay out of the hands of dangerous criminals. I am also supportive of adopting an assault weapons ban similar to the nationwide assault weapons ban that was in effect during the 1990s. These assault weapons serve no legitimate purpose for hunting or self-defense, and have been disproportionately used to commit mass-shooting atrocities.
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