Illinois spends, and is on the hook for, significantly more money than it receives in annual tax revenue. The Springfield status quo that caused this problem now holds itself out to be the solution to its own mess. Others in this race have said on the record that raising taxes would be the first order of business if elected.
I disagree. I believe the residents of the 8th District are taxed-out, and their representatives in Springfield owe it to them to reevaluate fiscal policy by first looking in the mirror. Not to mention, progressive income tax is not a viable solution without a constitutional amendment.
A fiscal equation focusing first on inefficient and wasteful government spending can move us toward lower taxes and better quality of life for all Illinoisans.
If elected, I will approach fiscal policy from a perspective of cooperation, collaboration and coordination between and among all governmental entities, i.e. efficient governmental operations. Instead of raising taxes, we should ensure we’re getting the most out of the tax dollars we already send to Springfield. I would propose an analysis of duplicative efforts both laterally within the Illinois state government and vertically among state, county, township, and municipal levels. You would not pay to have the same job done twice to your home or car. You would not pay to have people continually review and re-review work that’s already been done. We should apply the same scrutiny to our government.
I will also be a strong advocate to legalize marijuana and implement a regulated recreational regime following the proven framework from other states. Through this, Illinois can both maximize income through taxation of a discretionary product rather than further taxing your income or home and reduce (monetary and social) costs associated with policing, prosecuting, and imprisoning non-violent, low level drug offenders.
The bottom line is this: immediately raising your taxes, as my competitors intend to do, is the wrong approach. The taxpayers of the 8th District should not be on the hook for past political mistakes and should not be duped into adding fuel to the fire of Springfield’s spending habits. I want everyone’s hard earned money to stay in the 8th District — whether it be for savings, tuition, supporting local organizations and businesses, or investing in the community.