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State House District 62

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    Jim Walsh

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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?

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IL has the 9th highest tax burden in the nation. It's property taxes are 2nd highest. Yet, IL is nearly $300 billion in debt. We need to pay down that debt. However, the courts have made it difficult to make cuts as we saw during the shutdown. K-12 funding is my priority. So, I will work to increase income taxes to increase the money offered to schools with high property tax rates to 1:1 from 0.9:1. This will mean increasing the income taxes to lower our property taxes while not sacrificing our children's education. If the districts take advantage of this, we will no longer need to rent our houses from the government. This will help slow the out-migration. We will make Illinois far more attractive to business. Both increase revenue.
No I do not support the progressive tax amendment. First, the state government has nearly 50 years of proof that they don't keep their promises. Also, they only play kick-the-can with debt funding. Third, we need an Amendment to change the IL Constitution's statement about pensions first. It only allows for sweetening pensions, not scaling back if necessary. Fourth, our "flat" income tax is progressive due to using the federal determination of taxable income. So, until we get pensions under control and get representatives who demonstrate they can be trusted and we equalize the income and property taxes and reform the way we do sales tax, I will not support a progressive income tax for IL.
First, I would have representatives from and other non-partisan groups work with equal numbers of senators and representatives with an equal number of republicans and democrats hammer out the rules and computer models for the redistricting committee. Then, I would support a committee that is not picked by leadership of either house or party. I would have one committee with one member chosen by each county board. If that committee is not exactly bi-partisan, I would have the representatives in the state government of the under represented party choose committee members to close the gap without interference from party leadership. I think that under those conditions, we can minimize the gerrymandering.
I do support universal vote by mail, but I am not sure how we guarantee that the person getting the ballot is the person filling out the ballot. We need to make it as easy as possible for people to vote while guaranteeing election security. So, we need to implement a system that ensures that the person requesting the ballot is the person filling out the ballot. I am not sure how to implement that, especially with the pandemic as a factor. Right now, the best way would be to simply have the person sign. However, I think it needs to be more robust in the future. One possibility is to have the person fill out the ballot in the presence of a notary. This can even be done via Zoom and an emailed doc the voter includes with the ballot.
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