Voters blew it on Fair Tax question

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The Fair Tax was not a tax hike, it was not a Pritzker tax, it was not a power grab, it was not an increase in legislative powers, It was not a referendum on how Springfield was performing, it was not an invitation to tax and spend and it was not out of line with the rest of America.

 It was an attempt to get us out of the 19th century. We have had a progressive income tax nationally for 107 years. It was an attempt to get us in line with almost all states that have an income tax, which is almost all states. 

Yes, even Iowa, hardly a bastion of progressivism, has a graduated income tax. It was an attempt to change one word, "flat," in our 1970 constitution to "graduated." It was an attempt to allow 97 percent of the population to pay less tax than the top 3 percent of earners. It was an attempt to align our state and federal income taxes

 No one is denying that Springfield has problems. Lack of pension reform, 7,000 plus units of redundant local government, a gerrymandered map that allows many representatives to have no competition and massive debt are some of the many problems that Springfield has not fixed. 

But this amendment had nothing to do with fixing any of these. This amendment was a mere attempt to get us into the 20th century as President Wilson successfully did with his progressive agenda in 1913.

 I am surprised that the majority of Illinois citizens do not know enough about history to counteract the claims made in ads paid for by the top 1 percent of income earners.

Jan Goldberg

Riverside

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John Chauvet from North Riverside  

Posted: November 14th, 2020 3:43 AM

I saw it as, "The few supporting the many".. Hardly "Fair".. Now with Pritzkers threatened 20% tax hike, everyone will pay 1% more(20% of 5% is 1%).. That's fair.. Paying the same rate does not mean the rich pay the same as the poor.. Just political word tricks..

James Gilbert from Riverside  

Posted: November 13th, 2020 10:27 AM

Representatives in Springfield cannot be trusted. That is why this failed. Fortunately, most voters saw this for what it is; a money grab. The way the law was written gave permission for the original threshold of $250,000 to be changed at anytime in the future by a mostly democratic controlled slew of tax and spend democrats. Additionally, the math simply didn't add up to coming anywhere near close to fixing the fiscal disaster that is Illinois. Until the State recognizes pensions need to transfer to defined contribution versus defined benefit, learn to control wasteful spending and consolidate local townships, throwing good money at bad problems will not solve a thing. It's time the Madiganistas be removed from office.

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