John Dillon: Perhaps there are other voices besides the extremists.

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.

5 Replies to “John Dillon: Perhaps there are other voices besides the extremists.”

  1. JOHN….Liked your post — tried to leave a comment on your Blog but failed at trying to log on! I agree that the there is very little room between “WE Are One” and Brown’s Petition — go figure! I also agree with YOU John — let’s seek out and keep talking to legislators about this — we got to keep talking! Bob Haisman

  2. The legislature probably plans a graduated income tax AFTER the pension “reform”. They do not want to pay past debt, but will most likely be willing to raise taxes for other things. Like claiming bankruptcy. Get your debt erased and move forward, like it is a positive move. But, someone has to pay, and instead of the general public it will be the teachers. What a culture we live in. And how about the new Cook county real estate tax bills that detail the unfunded debt. Is Maria Pappas giving her support for pension reduction with this inflamatory information with no commentary?

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