SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Sonya M. Harper, D-Chicago, is demanding the ultra-wealthy in Illinois, including Gov. Bruce Rauner, pay their fair share in taxes by backing the proposal to implement a progressive tax in Illinois.

“Our unfair tax structure keeps poor people poor, while allowing the richest to take advantage of loopholes that allow them to pay less,” said Harper. “I’m a single mother with a child who attends a CPS school. I, along with many of the families I represent, pay the same flat tax rate as our billionaire governor. We feel that come out of our paychecks each week and we make adjustments to our household budgets, but the ultra-wealthy don’t feel this week-to-week pain. I am calling on all legislators to support a progressive, fair tax system to give working people a break.”

Harper joins House Democratic colleagues in support of undoing Illinois’ antiquated unfair flat tax and amending the state constitution to allow for the implementation of a progressive tax system. House Resolution 1025 expresses support for a fairer tax system that finally benefits Illinois’ middle-class families, not just the wealthy. According to the nonpartisan Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, a graduated income tax would provide a tax break to 98 percent of taxpayers while collecting an additional $2 billion in revenue. That new money could be used to fund critical human services like Meals on Wheels, breast cancer screenings and more.

“Bruce Rauner and his extreme allies do not support this plan because they would be required to pay their fair share,” said Harper. “A progressive tax will give low and middle income families a break and create fairness in our income tax system. This is the right thing to do not only for my community, but for the future of Illinois’ economy.”

Harper represents the 6th District, which includes all or portions of Armour Square, Bridgeport, Chicago Lawn, Englewood, Gage Park, Back of the Yards, Canaryville, New City, West Englewood, and Marquette Park.

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