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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) issued the following statement after voting to give Illinois voters the final say in creating a fair tax system in the state that would lower income tax on 98.12 percent of taxpayers in Champaign County and 99.42 percent of taxpayers in Vermilion County:

“Under Illinois’ current flat tax, a teacher from Champaign, or a child care worker from Danville, carries the same burden as an investment banker in Chicago. This system has allowed the state’s wealthy to escape their responsibility to pay a fair share.

“Not only will this proposal help us eliminate this inequity, but it currently stands as the best option to fix our state’s finances. Others may prefer to continue to shortchange students, undermine universities, decimate social services and watch our roads and bridges crumble. Or others may also prefer to raise taxes by 20 percent on every Illinoisan. But the best option is to adopt a fair tax that will bolster our economy and raise the revenue we need to balance our state budget for years to come.

“Our current tax system is unsustainable and unjust, and passing this legislation today is a strong first step to restoring fiscal stability to Illinois and helping take the pressure off our working families.”

Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 1 would remove language requiring a flat tax and allow the General Assembly to set lower income tax rates for those earning less and higher rates for the wealthiest Illinoisans.

If the amendment passes the Illinois House with a three-fifths majority vote, it will be placed on the November 2020 ballot. If 60 percent of those voting on the question vote or a majority of all those voting in the election vote “yes,” the Constitution will be amended.

SJRCA 1 now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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