For people of faith, fair tax plan is morally right
“As a leader in the Faith Coalition for the Common Good, I look at public policy issues through a moral lens. And as a longtime union member and leader, I ask what is in the best interests of working people,” Vote Yes for Fair Tax leader Jim Dixon writes.
“From each perspective, the fair tax reform plan proposed by Gov. Pritzker is the right thing do.
“As a Catholic, I heed the writing of Pope John XXIII, who wrote, ‘In a system of taxation based on justice and equity, it is fundamental that the burdens be proportioned to the capacity of the people contributing.’
“The current Illinois tax structure fails that test. Our state now has one of the ‘Terrible Ten’ most regressive tax systems, under which the lowest-earning 20 percent of people pay 14.4 percent of their income in taxes while the highest-earning 1 percent pay barely half that amount, 7.4 percent.
“The fair tax plan would begin to fix that. Working people would pay less—with 97 percent of Illinois tax filers getting a tax cut—while wealthy people making more than $250,000 a year would pay a little more.
“This plan would raise an estimated $3.4 billion a year to invest in schools and social services while helping the state responsibly pay its bills. More than 90 percent of that revenue would come from millionaires.
“That fits with my Christian faith tradition, which teaches that, ‘When you reap the harvest of your land, moreover, you shall not reap to the very corners of your field nor gather the gleaning of your harvest; you are to leave them for the needy.'”