The legislative session began at the end of January. As we prepare for the new session we would like to highlight some of the successes we had last year, and to THANK YOU for your calls, e-mails and visits to legislators. Last year we supported legislation that grants undocumented immigrant's driver's licenses, expanded Medicaid to adults living in poverty, and opposed legislation that would create restrictions and barriers to food stamp recipients.
Lutheran Advocacy-Illinois has joined A Better Illinois; a coalition that is working to reform Illinois's tax system so that we have a graduated income tax, a fair tax. This tax would allow for higher rates for those with higher incomes, and lower rates for those with lower incomes. A fair tax would provide resources for our schools and ensure that services to the vulnerable in our communities are maintained. A fair tax would stimulate economic growth, create jobs, and provide a means for Illinois to repair our crumbling infrastructure. A fair tax would provide desperately needed revenue for our state that has been lost because corporations have used loopholes to avoid paying their fair share. We will be working in this upcoming legislative session to gather support for the Fair tax bills HJRCA33 and SJRCA40.
Bishop Wayne Miller and other clergy, ministers, and other religious leaders joined for a Fair Tax Prayer Vigil that was held on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. We called upon the Illinois General Assembly to support a constitutional amendment that eliminates the current flat rate tax system and institutes a fair tax based on an individual's ability to pay. The event was held at the First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington Street.
During the interfaith prayer vigil that took place downtown at the Chicago Temple, an enthusiastic crowd of more than 100 religious and faith leaders sung "We Are Marching in the Light of God," as they signed pledges to work to enact a Fair Tax, with lower rates for lower incomes and higher rates for higher incomes. With Illinois facing an historic budget crisis in just 70 days, they called on politicians in Springfield to immediately pass the Fair Tax Act.