With Tax Day just a few days away, Think Big Illinois released new ads in several districts showing the unfair burden middle-class families are currently facing, and how a fair tax would help lift that burden. These ads are part of Think Big Illinois’ latest efforts to give voters the opportunity to have their voices heard on a critical issue that impacts all Illinoisans.
The ads also highlight the much-needed revenue a fair tax will bring into the state, which will go toward addressing the $3.2 billion budget deficit and funding critical programs, including our schools. The fair tax will generate this funding while ensuring 97% of Illinoisans see no income tax increase, and forcing the wealthiest Illinoisans to finally pay their share.
The ads call on Representatives Monica Bristow, Jonathan Carroll, and Mary Edly-Allen to support a fair tax.
* The ads have a different tone than the previous spots, which called on viewers to “Tell [House Democratic member] to vote ‘Yes’ and put the middle class first.” It seemed almost Rauneresque. This one says “Call [House Democratic member]. Tell her to keep standing up for the middle class.” Much better…
It’s tax time, and if you’re a middle-class family in Illinois…
That means once again, you’re getting ripped off.
Because in Illinois, middle-class families are forced to shoulder a disproportionate share of the tax burden.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Under a fair tax, millionaires would be forced to pay their fair share.
To help address the budget crisis and fund our schools.
Call Monica Bristow.
Tell her to keep standing up for the middle class.
Two working parents making 130k living in Evanston each paying childcare should not be paying .2 percent less than truly rich people. That is not FAIR. If we’re gonna have a progressive tax let’s have a progressive tax
- lake county democrat - Thursday, Apr 11, 19 @ 9:32 am:
I don’t mean this to be snarky: somewhere there must be data that says the “now that you’ve heard our 20 second pitch, call [politician] and tell him/her to [do what we say]” line is effective and not an insult to the listeners intelligence. I’d be more persuaded by “go to our website to learn more - if you agree with us, call [your rep/pols name]…”
I like this ad much better. It does a nice job tying the angst in paying taxes to the fairness idea.
Boomer, those 2 working parents from Evanston will benefit from the state getting back to financial stability, which is the main purpose of the bill.
==Two working parents making 130k living in Evanston each paying childcare should not be paying .2 percent less than truly rich people. That is not FAIR. If we’re gonna have a progressive tax let’s have a progressive tax==
Failure at understanding progressive tax brackets? You’d only be paying that 7.75 rate on $10k above $250k (assuming you absolutely have NO deductions of any sort.)
“middle-class families are forced to shoulder a disproportionate share of the tax burden”
But does their tax burden decrease? If I’m paying “x” and “x” does not change, it doesn’t matter if my share of the total cost is 10% or 100%.
- Grandson of Man - Thursday, Apr 11, 19 @ 10:18 am:
I found it a little strident, but:
“Because in Illinois, middle-class families are forced to shoulder a disproportionate share of the tax burden”
•Why should the rich get the benefits at the same cost as the rest of us?
•We need pro-growth reforms, such as right-sizing the tax code and adequately funding education and the rest of the state.
•But, Republicans and the anti-tax, anti-union right wing people who are funding opposition are not change people, so Democrats have to do all of the heavy lifting.
I mean, come on, Democrats. Are you going to let the most vulnerable and many thousands of state workers get placed in the most insecure spot while people like Rauner and his supporters, who hurt so many and tried to slash workers and unions, make lots of money? Rauner made $279 million in his first two years as governor, while using government to cut so many, including ripping off state workers. Please learn the lesson and be Democrats.
Husband: Our tax burden is too high. We cannot afford to spend $20,000 in state and property taxes any longer. This is ridiculous.
Wife: Honey, the problem is the rich aren’t paying their fair share in taxes. Going forward, they will.
H: Fair enough. So how much will we be paying in taxes going forward?
If this fails it will be because they didn’t have rates high enough on the truly wealthy to be able to meaningfully cut taxes on those below 100K.
You are basically asking the professional class (100-250k) to make it easier for the state to target them in future tax hikes in exchange for nothing in return right now.
Everyone who has lived in this state and seen the way the government spends knows this is just a down payment on future needs, but scrapping the flat tax will make it easier for the state to raise taxes which will likely starting hitting those below 250k not too far down the line.
Designing this in a way that gives people no meaningful cut now while increasing the likelihood of more and more frequent hikes in the future just seems misguided.
Don’t you just love these non sensible debates over what is middle class? Well I don’t.
Too often it borders on class/income demagoguery and ignores the reality that it is one’s personal money and not a piggy bank for the state.
- Grandson of Man - Thursday, Apr 11, 19 @ 12:32 pm:
“Too often it borders on class/income demagoguery and ignores the reality that it is one’s personal money and not a piggy bank for the state.”
The mother of class warfare was when the former governor tried to slash thousands of state workers through brutal cuts and stripping labor protections. He actually did rip them off on steps and longevity pay.
Here was someone who made $333 million in 2015-2017 using government to steal from the likes of those making $50,000 a year. And right wingers think government is oppressive?
Democrats need to fully understand the ramifications of huge cuts and a flat tax hike. They need to be aware of who has been making the biggest income gains and who can and should afford to sacrifice.
‘Democrats need to fully understand the ramifications of huge cuts and a flat tax hike. They need to be aware of who has been making the biggest income gains and who can and should afford to sacrifice.”
Thanks for proving my point. You certainly fall into the category of those who I was talking about.
By the way, I never voted for Rauner and repeatedly pointed out his many shortcomings on this site over the years.
But that is a different issue than what I am talking about.
They might want to take the imagery of a Chicago neighborhood and downtown Chicago and refocus on say a downstate neighborhood and maybe St. Louis since that is the Bistrow TV market. How much are these TV consultants being paid?
- Grandson of Man - Thursday, Apr 11, 19 @ 1:03 pm:
“Thanks for proving my point. You certainly fall into the category of those who I was talking about.”
I sure hope so. Darn right I fall into the category of advocating for those who can least afford cuts and for upper-income earners to pay more state income tax than the rest of us.