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Illinois Workers Need More Than Gratitude

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With Labor Day upon us, I can't stop focusing on the simple truth. The flat tax we have is hurting Illinois workers and their families.

It is wrong that billionaires pay the same tax rate as essential workers like nurses, first responders, and grocery store clerks.

Yet, under the current Illinois flat tax structure, everyone pays the same tax rate regardless of how much money they make.

This Fall, Illinois residents have the chance to change that and to honor Illinois workers by  voting yes on the graduated income tax amendment. Under the graduated income tax, tax rates would only be higher for those with incomes over $250,000. Those making less than $250,000 will see no increase in their state income taxes, and some will see a small decrease. 

That's the fair way to fix this.

Many Illinoisians have already lost their jobs, as businesses and social service agencies closed their doors or reduced their hours. And, middle and lower-income Illinoisians have been fleeing the state under the current tax burden and cuts to essential programs and services. But it doesn't have to be this way.

So, join us in honoring and celebrating Illinois workers in a new way today - commit to voting YES on the Graduated Income Tax Amendment. Don't stop there, though. Ask your family and friends to pledge to vote YES as well to show their gratitude for essential workers and all Illinois workers.

Enough is enough. Something has got to change in Illinois, and you've got a chance to help Illinois start moving forward this fall. Vote YES on the Graduated Income Tax Amendment.

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