We were not prepared for the Covid-19 crisis. We currently pay the 2nd highest property taxes in the US. Within the last decade we have had the 2 highest tax hikes in IL history. IL has a family debt burden nearly 2X the national average. People are fleeing IL. During COVID-19 many lost their livelihoods because of too many business restrictions. The Governor must immediately develop a plan so businesses may safely reopen.
I feel key elements we should prioritize are: 1) A pension amendment reform referendum that protects benefits already earned but can allow for the flexibility to adjust future benefit accruals such as capped cost of living increases tied to inflation. 2) Reduce the 7,000 IL taxing bodies to save administration costs.
I am opposed to the so-called “Fair Tax”. Any change that moves our tax from a flat to graduated tax will expose every taxpayer in Illinois to the possibility that the threshold for higher taxes will be lowered, causing taxes to go up.
Illinois taxation has caused a massive flight of people and businesses to lower tax states
Taxes went up in each state installing a “Fair Tax” in the past 30 years. Now is the worst possible time for a third huge IL tax increase this decade given the trust robbing corruption news in Springfield and the effects of COVID-19.
I also dislike the class warfare marketing of this change to our tax system.
Watch www.NIRW.org for an educational forum we are hosting on 10/17/20. Many questions will be answered.
We need to turn over the mapping of legislative districts to a committee of affiliated and unaffiliated voters and experts to draw the new map. The committee would include demographers and data experts.
I believe that Illinois has safeguards in place for this election because they are asking voters to fill out an application, sign it and send it in.
The “universal vote by mail” proposals vary in each state, and I would certainly be opposed to mailing out ballots at election time without any verification.
It is top priority to ensure the lives of all Illinoisans are safe from this virus, however, it is also top priority that we provide relief for our business sector, especially our small business owners. Because no one predicted this virus, it is imperative that the State adapts to ease the burdens that this pandemic has caused. That is why I believe that we must make it a point to reallocate any revenue that the Illinois generates toward the budget shortfalls throughout Illinois. I will address this by working with the Governor’s administration to create a legislative order that will reallocate revenue for that purpose. The revenue that could come from the Fair Tax needs to focus on providing relief for businesses and municipalities.
I do support the Fair Tax amendment. Our current tax system disproportionately places the burden on our middle-class families, who on average pay nearly 13% of their income for state and local taxes while the top 1% of Illinoisans only have to pay around 7% of their income for state and local taxes. I voted for a constitutional amendment to our tax structure because over 98% of families in Winnebago County will see tax relief while making the wealthy pay their fair share to invest in our local schools, our budget, and our pension liability. Additionally, a recent report by ITEP finds that the flat tax has worsened economic inequality and grown the racial wealth gap. People of color pay $4 billion more than they would under the Fair Tax.
It’s important that we have an independent commission dedicated to redrawing the state’s legislative maps. It is also important that all demographics are represented. We are a diverse state - thus, it’s vital that people are represented, not partisan politics.
This past spring, I voted for vote by mail in Illinois (Senate Bill 1863), which expanded Illinois’ vote by mail program to ensure we keep everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. I strongly believe that we should always be looking for ways to make voting more accessible for registered Illinois residents. We also need to make sure that citizens are unbiasedly informed on how vote by mail truly works and how safe and secure it is.