The final critical deadline is just days away. This Thursday, May 1st
is the last day for Springfield politicians to put the Fair Tax on the ballot -
so we, the voters of Illinois, can decide in November.
Right now – this very moment – is the time
for legislators to hear one final and resounding message from every single one
of us: Whatever their position, this is an issue that ‘We the People’ should
The proposed Fair Tax - with lower rates for
lower incomes and higher rates for higher incomes - would provide a tax cut for
94% of Illinoisans, while protecting investments in vital services from
draconian cuts. Hundreds of thousands of citizens from all corners of Illinois,
Democrats and Republicans alike, have voiced support and taken action to move
this critical issue forward.
On Thursday, the Chicago
Tribune reported that a vote on the Fair Tax is now scheduled for
next week. Polling shows that 77% of Illinois voters support a Fair Tax. But for
us to decide for ourselves in November, the politicians in Springfield need to
pass the bill to put the Fair Tax on the ballot.
Out-of-state billionaires have already
poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into a smear campaign against a Fair
Tax, hoping to keep it off the ballot and taking the decision out of Illinois
voters’ hands. They want to protect a broken status quo that levels unfair,
regressive taxes that force low and middle income families to pay two to
three times the rate that the very wealthy pay in taxes.
In these closing days, we must emphasize to
our elected representatives that, regardless of their personal feelings on the
issue, this is our decision to make, and they should not deny us the chance to
choose for ourselves on a Fair Tax.
I can’t thank you enough for all you’ve done
and continue to do on this historic campaign. We’re one final push from
celebrating victory next week!