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Collins applauds House move to put Fair Tax amendment to 2020 vote

collins 052919SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Jacqueline Collins issued the following statement Tuesday after the Illinois House approved a ballot measure that would allow Illinoisans to vote in 2020 on whether to end the state’s regressive flat income tax system.

“The House’s action today means Illinois citizens will have the power to put in place a fairer income tax system which eases the burden on the working poor and middle class while placing more responsibility on the very wealthy. In the 16th Senate District, where most people earn far, far less than $250,000 a year, my constituents will see relief under this plan, while millionaires will pay more.”

Taxpayers can visit the Governor’s website for a detailed breakdown of how an Illinoisans income tax would change under the proposed system based on their current income.

“All surrounding states and the federal government have progressive income tax systems which collect more from their wealthier citizens and less from those less fortunate,” Collins said. “Illinois has changed a great deal since the flat income tax was codified in our state constitution in 1970. Income inequality has only risen. Real wages for the lower and middle class have at best stagnated and at worst been driven down. Now is the time to take this step, and I want to thank Governor Pritzker for his leadership on this issue.

“It can be easy to think of taxes as so much ink on paper. The truth is that our budgets, our structures of taxation, are the foundations of our government’s moral stance. Today was a major step that moved Illinois toward a fairer tax where the poor will not bear the cost of building our bridges, funding our schools and safeguarding our communities.”

With the Constitutional amendment having passed both chambers of the General Assembly, it will be put to a vote in the 2020 general election.

Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins

Deputy Majority Caucus Chair
16th Senate District

Years served:
2003 - Present

Committee assignments: Financial Institutions (Chairperson); Insurance; Transportation; Subcommittee on Capital (TR).

Biography: Born in McComb, Miss.; grew up in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. Studied journalism at Northwestern University and graduated from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Divinity Schoool. Emmy Award-nominated news editor at CBS-TV in Chicago and 2001 Legislative Fellow with U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. Recipient in 2011 of a Lifetime Achievement Award for Financial Literacy Leadership from the Illinois state treasurer.

Associated Representatives:
Mary E. Flowers
André Thapedi