You Can Make It a Reality

Civic Action, Elections, Equitable Funding, Fair Tax, Property Taxes | 10/08/2020

Jessica Handy
Government Affairs Director

If this pandemic has shown us anything, it’s that the differences between the haves and the have-nots have been exacerbated, not made better. That’s especially so when it comes to funding for Illinois schools.

Schools are struggling, especially those educating students with less than 70% of the funding they need. The State faces a nearly $7 billion gap to fully funding schools. We need a sustainable source of funding to fill that gap between the best- and worst-funded schools.

The Fair Tax will provide schools that funding. You, and every other Illinois voter, have a voice in making the Fair Tax a reality. Vote yes for the Fair Tax.

We’ve known for a while now that new investments in Illinois schools are making a huge difference. State lawmakers have boosted the annual investment in education by over $1 billion since 2017. That’s real progress, but more work must be done.

Ending Illinois’ deeply inequitable school funding system depends on reducing our reliance on property taxes. If we don’t, areas with lots of property wealth will be forced to make up for the lack of State resources by raising property taxes, furthering the inequity.

The only way to make real progress toward full school funding and property tax relief is to enact the Fair Tax. The best way to achieve both goals is to pass the Fair Tax.

This is a huge moment for Illinois students. Together, let’s keep the promise Illinois made to continue boosting investments in education.

Your voice matters. Stand up for equitable and sufficient school funding – support for the Fair Tax and pledge to Vote Yes.

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