Posted October 7, 2020
This is a station editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, station president.
Voters on November 3rd will vote on an Illinois constitutional amendment to change the state from a flat income tax to a progressive income tax based on income.
Before you believe the ad campaign being ran by a PAC funded by Governor Pritzker calling it the quote "Fair Tax" to soak the few rich and the fat cats there are left in the state, please consider these points.
Passage of this amendment will give the Legislature unprecedented new authority to increase income tax rates on any group of taxpayers at will – including lower- and middle-income taxpayers and small business owners – and lock those new powers into our State’s Constitution.
There would be no limit on the number of tax brackets that could be created and no limit on how high tax rates could be increased on groups of individual taxpayers.
The day after the election, there would be nothing to prevent the Legislature from raising state income taxes on everyone.
With the state's budget deficit standing at over 6-billion dollars, that's 6-billion with a B, you'd better believe that they won't just be taxing Frank Fat Cat. They'll come after farmers, small business owners, and middle class families because of the Democrats' penchant for wanting to spend money whether they have it or not.
There hasn't been an OUNCE of discussion about CUTTING the state budget in this year of the coronavirus outbreak. Not one OUNCE.
When you and I's checkbook doesn't stretch, we cut expenses. But, Democrats spend, and spend, and spend some more, whether they have the money or not.
And, as they always do, they'll hide behind the state's school children--my grandchildren--stating if this doesn't pass, there will be cuts to the education your children--my grandchildren--receive.
The so-called Fair Tax is anything but. Anything that gives ANY politician--Democat or Republican--the ability to raise my taxes without any accountability, is a just plain bad idea.
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