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Anti-Fair Tax group should apologize for calling essential workers “takers”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 20, 2020
Contact: press@yesforfairtax.org

FAIR TAX ADVOCATES CALL FOR ANTI-FAIR TAX SPOKESPERSON TO APOLOGIZE FOR DERIDING ESSENTIAL WORKERS AS “TAKERS”

Vote Yes for Fair Tax Chairman John Bouman issued the following statement in response to anti-Fair Tax spokesperson Cindy Neal, chair of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Illinois, describing working people as “takers” yesterday in an interview on the WCIA-TV program “Capitol Connection”:

“Working people are risking their health and safety in this devastating pandemic. Nurses, first responders, grocery employees, delivery workers, and many more have gotten sick with COVID-19 and, tragically, some have passed away after contracting the virus on the job. And people of color are disproportionately represented in all these groups. Cindy Neal and the anti-Fair Tax forces insult these workers by calling them ‘takers’ while falsely lauding the rich as ‘makers.’

“Neal and the anti-Fair Tax campaign must apologize immediately for these shameful remarks. They’ll say anything to defend the old, broken tax system in Illinois that gives them a sweet deal while working people pay more. Clearly, these wealthy special interests do not respect the people who put their lives on the line every day.

“Illinois workers, especially essential workers, are heroes. They deserve our thanks and support, and they also deserve a tax cut, which they and anyone else making less than $250,000 a year will get under the Fair Tax. Meanwhile, those who make more than a quarter-million dollars a year can pay a few pennies more on the dollar, which would raise more than $3 billion that can be used for education, health care, job creation, and more.

“Cindy Neal and her wealthy special interest friends should apologize and drop their attacks on the Fair Tax amendment. Their out of touch and derogatory remarks show clearly why Fair Tax reform is needed now more than ever.”

Click here to watch the full interview. Neal’s “takers” comment is at 3:15.
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The nonpartisan ballot committee Vote Yes for Fair Tax is a growing coalition of more than 115 organizations representing advocates, community groups, educators, employers, human service providers, leaders, parents, people of faith, seniors, union members, small business owners and more. Visit www.YesForFairTax.org for more information.