SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, is joining a growing number of lawmakers advocating for an overhaul of the state tax system and the implementation of a graduated income tax.

“Middle-class and working families pay more than their fair share in taxes,” Manley said. “They have to stretch every dollar and save every penny in order to provide a better life for their children. Changing state tax policy and implementing a graduated income tax will help reduce the amount of taxes they have to pay and provide much needed relief.”

Manley is co-sponsoring House Resolution 1025, which calls on state officials to support and pass a graduated income tax in Illinois. A recent study by the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, a nonpartisan organization, found that a graduated income tax would provide a tax break to 98 percent of taxpayers and bring in an additional $2 billion in revenue by requiring the ultra-wealthy to pay their fair share. This additional revenue would help fund vital services that the state’s most vulnerable citizens rely upon, such as home-delivered meals for seniors and breast and cervical cancer screenings for working women. Manley has fought to ensure that the state has a balanced budget that funds these essential programs, but the state needs additional resources to repair the damage that was caused by Gov. Bruce Rauner’s two-year budget crisis.

“Illinois needs a balanced budget and over the past three years we’ve seen that cuts alone will not solve the problems the state faces,” Manley said. “While I will continue to work with my fellow legislators to cut wasteful spending, we also need millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share. A graduated income tax would provide much needed relief to working families while also protecting funding for social services and education and paying down our backlog of bills.”

Rep Natalie ManleyRep Natalie Manley

98th District

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