Lowering Property Taxes Through School Funding Reform
Illinois taxpayers pay the second highest property taxes in the country, nearly two-thirds of which goes to education. We can reduce local property taxes by a combination of:
- The State of Illinois increasing its share of school funding. It is more fair to taxpayers because collection of state revenue, at least, is based on the ability to pay whereas property taxes have nothing to do with a person’s ability to pay. As people age and find themselves living on a fixed incomes or become unemployed or underemployed, property tax bills stay the same or keep rising, often forcing people to sell their homes. High property taxes can also keep young families from buying their first home.
- We can eliminate, through consolidation, hundreds of overlapping and duplicative districts with thousands of redundant administrators across Illinois.
I believe that we can get to a system that can do both provide an alternative to the costly cable companies for residents with cable access as well as providing broadband to the “last house” in the rural parts of the 69th.
There are provisions in the Infrastructure Budget for expansion of broadband access in underserved areas of Illinois. The 69th District would be a good place to start.
Eliminate ALL Sales Taxes on Food. Medicine, and Medical Appliances Permanently
The current Illinois budget calls for a temporary suspension of the state sales tax on groceries through June 30, 2023.
I don’t think that is good enough.
“Life’s Essentials” should never have been taxed in the first place. We can fix that.
Illinois is one of only 13 states that impose sales tax on groceries. Illinois is also the one and only state that taxes prescription drugs at the state level.
I will fight for the permanent elimination of state and ALL local sales taxes on:
- Basic foods such as bread, milk, cheese, baby food and formula, fresh meats, poultry, common seafood, fruits, nuts, vegetables and similar food.
- All prescription drugs and non-prescription pain relievers such as aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen, cough suppressants, antihistamines, antacids, laxatives, and diarrhea remedies.Medical
- Appliances such as, but not limited to, crutches or canes, wheelchairs, walkers, and braces.
Help me fight this battle to eliminate these regressive taxes. Please sign the petition on change.org/NoTaxOnFood and consider a donation to my campaign via ActBlue
Introduce ‘Right to Repair’ legislation in Illinois
If you paid for it, you (consumers and farmers) deserve the freedom to repair it yourself or have it repaired by the repair shop of your choosing.
Introduce ‘Right to Food’ legislation in Illinois
If you grow it in your own yard, you should be able to sell it where and to who you want without unreasonable restrictions by local authorities. (Similar to Maine’s recent amendment to their state constitution.)
Enhancing Consumer Privacy Through “Opt-In” Rather than the Current “Opt-Out” Policies
The problem with all existing consumer privacy laws is that they are opt-out. That puts the burden on the consumer to protect their own private data. We need opt-in legislation establishing that a consumer’s personal data is the exclusive property of the consumer and as such would make it unlawful to sell a consumer’s data for profit without the consumer’s explicit consent.
Say “NO” to DRIVERLESS School Buses on Illinois Roads
Restore the Freedom of Parents to Have Final Say on Driverless School Buses for Their Children
Excessive Political Campaign Tax
If We Can’t Get Big Money Out of Politics, Then Let’s Tax It!