What We Are One and what the petition desires are not so very different: to call attention to serious long-term answers to the revenue crisis in Illinois, and to demand that the General Assembly address the problem without breaking the contractual agreements made to all in the public sector who have given what was asked – in work and in payment. In the last week, proposals by Representative Naomi Jakobsson and Representative Linda Chapa La Via for a graduated income tax (HJRCA0002) may perhaps demonstrate a first legislative recognition that revenue is both the problem and the answer. Last spring, I listened to the Representative Bill Cunningham, Representative Kelly Burke, and Representative Mary Flowers endorse their own beliefs that a graduated income tax was necessary in the near future to help Illinois move forward financially. Lately I see that Representative Kelly Cassidy has also signed on the need for a graduated income tax.
Perhaps there are other voices and minds besides the extremists – in the General Assembly. Let’s keep talking to them.