Chicago – The push to pass a Fair Tax in Illinois is well underway. By now you’ve seen the negative and misleading rhetoric from Republican interest groups spreading all sorts of lies about the Fair Tax to protect their millionaire donors. Now they are launching TV and digital ads to further mislead Illinois voters.
We all know those groups, especially the Illinois Policy Institute, are grasping at straws and not being truthful with voters. After all, the IPI and their buddy Bruce Rauner gave us a two-year budget impasse that brought Illinois to the brink of financial ruin – decimating our state’s social services, hollowing out funding for universities and colleges, and sending the state’s credit rating plummeting. It’s no wonder they are now looking to blame others.
So let’s be the louder voice and spread the truth about the Fair Tax:
- 97 percent of Illinois residents will pay the same or less;
- 20 percent increase in property tax credits; and
- $100 per child tax credit.
Why is the Fair Tax needed?
- Illinois needs to make a drastic change in how we fund critical state services to fix the chronic budget shortfalls of the last decade with the least amount of pain for middle class and low-income families.
- A Fair Tax will save working families money while asking the wealthiest residents to contribute more.
- There is wide support for a Fair Tax. Recent polling shows that 79 percent of people said they were favorable to supporting the Fair Tax plan if it “would help the state meet its obligations to fund schools.”
- The Fair Tax addresses our state’s financial challenges by raising $3.4 billion in needed revenue while only raising taxes on people making $250,000 a year or more.
- Illinois is among only a few states in the country that imposes the same tax rate on all residents – no matter their income — and Illinois is eighth in the country as the least equitable tax system.
- Almost every state in the country that has an income tax uses a Fair Tax system because it’s better for their economy. In fact, four out of five of our neighboring states have a Fair Tax and are doing better economically than Illinois.
- Passing a Fair Tax is critical to restoring financial health to Illinois and repairing the disastrous effects of the financial crisis created by Bruce Rauner’s budget impasse.
- Our state will do well when all Illinois residents do well.
The numbers don’t lie: In over half of Illinois’ 102 counties, less than 1% of taxpayers will pay more.
Governor Pritzker’s office recently released county-level data that shows that in over half of the state’s 102 counties, less than 1 percent of taxpayers will pay more. A full list of the numbers in statewide counties can be found here. A few sample counties are below:
- Adams County (Quincy): 98.44% of taxpayers will pay the same or less while millionaires who make up only 0.15% of the county will pay the top rate.
- Champaign County (Champaign, Urbana): 98.12% of taxpayers will pay the same or less while millionaires who make up only 0.15% of the county will pay the top rate.
- Cook County (Chicago, Schaumburg): 96.78% of taxpayers will pay the same or less while millionaires who make up only 0.40% of the county will pay the top rate.
- Jackson County (Murphysboro, Carbondale): 98.87% of taxpayers will pay the same or less while millionaires who make up only 0.11% of the county will pay the top rate.
- McLean County (Bloomington): 97.94% of taxpayers pay the same or less while millionaires who make up 0.18% of the county will pay the top rate.
- Peoria County (Peoria): 97.32% of taxpayers pay the same or less while millionaires who make up 0.22% of the county will pay the top rate.
- Rock Island County (Moline, Rock Island): 99.07% of taxpayers will pay the same or less while millionaires who make up 0.11% of the county will pay the top rate.
- Sangamon County (Springfield): 98.13% of taxpayers will pay the same or less while millionaires who make up 0.13% of the county will pay the top rate.
Resources to combat misinformation:
- Here are digital images from Think Big Illinois you can use for emails and social media posts.
- Think Big Illinois TV ad you can link to in your communications.
- One Illinois video combatting the IPI and its misinformation you can share.
And don’t forget:
- What can you do to help? Call or email your state representative or senator to ask them to support the Fair Tax.
- Send a letter to the editor urging the General Assembly to pass the Fair Tax using these talking points.
- Share comments and graphics supporting the Fair Tax on your social media accounts.
- Hold a meeting or coffee with a group of your neighbors to discuss Fair Tax. We can provide you with a presentation and frequently asked questions.
Be a Fair Tax activist. Visit our website for more information. We’ll also send regular updates, talking points and resources to help arm you with the facts on the Fair Tax, but don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything to help you in the fight!