FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 20, 2019
Responsible Budget Coalition
RESPONSIBLE BUDGET COALITION STATEMENT ON THE PASSAGE OF FAIR TAX AMENDMENT THROUGH HOUSE REVENUE AND FINANCE COMMITTEE
Chicago – The Responsible Budget Coalition and its more than 300 member organizations—including Illinois’s leading social service providers, advocates, community groups and labor unions—applaud the House Revenue and Finance Committee for passing the fair tax amendment today. A fair tax will allow for higher rates for higher incomes and lower rates for lower incomes and help Illinois generate the revenue it needs for strong schools, quality services, and thriving communities by helping ensure the wealthy pay their fair share. The measure, which would put the issue of fair tax on the 2020 ballot, now moves to the House floor. We urge every member of the House of Representatives to vote yes to put the amendment on the ballot, because Illinois residents deserve the opportunity to vote on whether they want a fair tax.
The Responsible Budget Coalition is a nonpartisan statewide coalition made up of over 300 member organizations. We are united by three common principles including adequate revenue to support state priorities, no cuts to vital programs and services, and fairness in raising revenue. The RBC does not intervene or participate in contested elections for public office, nor does it support, endorse or oppose any candidates for office, nor do the endorsements or electoral activities of our member organizations reflect or suggest a position with respect to a contested election on behalf of the RBC. As a coalition, we engage and work with public officials on a bipartisan basis to enact our core principles. To learn more, visit live-responsible-budget-coalition.pantheonsite.io and follow @RespBudgetIL and www.facebook.com/ResponsibleBudgetCoalition.