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    Brad Bielert

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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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Simply put, Illinois has a spending problem. Over the last 20 years the state has run budget deficits almost every year, and we have now dug a hole that is difficult to climb out of. The issue is difficult: how can we care for people while also addressing long-term fiscal irresponsibility. In the short term, we may have to deficit spend, especially to recompense small businesses harmed by the government imposed shutdowns. In the long-term, we need to address the pension crisis in the state, and take a serious look at cutting government across the board. Irresponsible politicians got us into this mess. It is time that responsible adults get us out.
I do not support the “Fair Tax” amendment. There is nothing fair about a graduated income tax. Fairness is about treating people equally and I believe laws should apply identically for each person, which is why I support a flat income tax. State lawmakers and executives want the tax change so they can write blank checks against the future of Illinoisans. State leaders have demonstrated clearly that they have a spending problem. There have been numerous state tax increases in the last decade without a show of good faith in addressing the budget issues. I have no trust that the so-called “Fair Tax” rates will not increase in the future as our financial prospects become more dire.
Illinois government does not work because over 60% of our legislative races are unopposed. Political bosses of both parties are not interested in changing this system because both parties have benefited. In 2016, a Fair Map amendment was passed in the legislature with overwhelming majorities. Our current representative was 1 of 7 votes against this amendment.The representative that you elect this year will help determine the legislative maps for the next 10 years. I will work with representatives in both parties to get fair, unbiased legislative district maps in Illinois. When districts are unbiased, political parties nominate their best candidates, not the ones that are most loyal to the party or Chicago bosses.
I fully support vote by mail. In addition to term limits, fair districting, and ranked choice voting, I believe vote by mail is a good instrument to increase the representation of the people of Illinois. Vote by mail will be especially important this year, as COVID is a real concern for many of the most vulnerable voters who visit the polls.

In principle I have no issue with vote by mail, although it does waste taxpayer money. Unfortunately, only about 40% of Americans vote, which means 60% of the cost of postage is wasted. Regardless, I would like to see more people voting (thus more representation) and would support universal vote by mail.