Letter: I oppose the state income tax increase
A recent writer left the impression that legislators ignored their constituents’ pleas for fiscal sanity and voted for the largest tax increase Illinois has ever endured. The majority of the legislature did. I did not.
Seeking the opportunity to serve the public is serious business, and I have done my best to earn your trust.
The Illinois Policy Institute, a non-partisan budget watchdog, has given my voting record a 100 percent rating, reflecting my efforts to represent my constituents’ best interests through responsible decision making.
I strongly opposed the recent tax increases and believe that any budget solution needs to include a line-by-line review of state spending with significant reforms to prove to our taxpayers that we are spending their hard-earned money wisely. The tax increases are only adding to our burden. That’s why I’m co-sponsoring House Bill 175, which would immediately repeal the increases passed by lame-duck legislators in January.
Repealing these hurtful increases will be an uphill battle, but it’s a battle that can be won if we work together. Please contact my office at (630) 553-3223 to sign a petition, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to help circulate these petitions in our communities.
With your support, I and fellow legislators will present the petitions to Speaker Madigan and Governor Quinn and seek legislation to repeal the increases.
State Rep. Kay Hatcher
Serving Kane, Kendall
and LaSalle counties