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Letter: A fair tax is what Illinois needs

Published: Sunday, April 27, 2014 4:50 p.m. CST

To the editor:

The fight for a fair tax in Illinois is gaining momentum, thanks to a groundswell of support from small business owners, people of faith, public servants, service providers, everyday taxpayers and legislators.

They know cuts of $2 billion this fiscal year and $5 billion the next without further budget cuts to public safety, education and other critical social services are both untenable and unsustainable.

They know Illinois families cannot afford the higher property taxes that might be necessary to fund Illinois’ essential services.

They know Illinois must meet its fiscal responsibilities, and at the same time, be equitable to Illinois’ families by creating a fair tax structure where all taxpayers would pay their fair share. The result would put money in the pockets of middle class families to help boost local economies and grow jobs.

They know a fair tax is what Illinois needs.

State Sen. Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, has filed an amendment to the Illinois Constitution, which, if passed, would produce the stable and sustainable revenue required to provide critical public and social services in Illinois, including education, public safety and health care.

As part of his proposal, Sen. Harmon introduced separate legislation with a rate schedule to provide a tax break to the 94 percent of Illinois taxpayers earning less than $205,000. This rate schedule proposes three tax rates:

• 2.9 percent on the first $12,500 of one’s taxable income

• 4.9 percent on the next $167,500 of one’s income (up to $180,000)

• 6.9 percent on any income above $180,000.

Go to www.FairTaxCut.com to calculate your own tax rate.

The Illinois General Assembly is taking a recess until Tuesday. Please take the time to contact your state legislators and let them know that Illinois voters deserve the opportunity to vote in November on the proposed Illinois Constitutional Amendment and that a fair tax is right for Illinois citizens.

Hilary Denk and Peggy Healy

League of Women Voters of Downers Grove/Woodridge/Lisle

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