SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Urging legislators to implement a tax system that is more fair for middle-class and low-income residents, state Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, voted in support of a resolution Tuesday encouraging the state to abolish its flat tax and adopt a graduated income tax system.
“By voting for this resolution, I am voting to cut taxes for the middle-class by making sure that the wealthiest residents of Illinois are paying their fair share,” Connor said. “There is still a lot of work to be done to ease the burden of taxes on middle-class families, but a fair tax structure is a step in the right direction. A fairer tax will put more money in the pockets of middle-class families, drive local business growth and create much needed jobs in our community.”
The Connor-supported House Resolution 1025 supports the implementation of a fair tax plan in the state. Currently, Illinois is one of only four states in the nation that does not use a fair tax structure and requires middle-class families to pay income taxes at the same rate as millionaires and billionaires. Other states like Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin that use a fair tax structure have experienced economic growth and surplus revenue. A fair tax plan in Illinois could potentially cut taxes for up to 90 percent of taxpayers.
“Right now, a middle-class family that is working hard to make ends meet is paying a larger share of their income in state taxes than millionaires and billionaires are, and that’s not fair. Our working families deserve better.” Connor said. “While Rauner continues to work for the benefit of corporate CEO’s and hedge fund billionaires after paralyzing the state for nearly three years, I am committed to bringing real tax relief to the middle class. Anyone who supports cutting taxes and boosting the economy should be working with legislators to pass a fair tax in Illinois.”
House Resolution 1025 was adopted on Tuesday in the House of Representatives. For more information on this resolution and other legislation support by Connor, please contact his constituent service office at 815-372-0085 or RepConnor@gmail.com.