Democrat lawmakers in Springfield seem hell bent on referring to their graduated or "progressive" income tax scheme as "Fair Tax" legislation. Why? Well, as explained at a January 15 gathering, research and polling done by The New Media Firm showed that the term 'Fair Tax' resonated with the general public much better than the more accurate description: ‘graduated income tax’.
Proponents are attempting to sell Illinoisans that a 'graduated' or 'progressive' income tax will solve the state's financial crisis because it will require by law those citizens the state decides have a greater "ability" to pay a greater percentage of their income to do so. However, they've determined they need to "blend" the label "Fair Tax" in with their messaging in order to fool the public and get it passed.
Just one problem. The term "Fair Tax" is copyrighted, and the individuals and organizations that own it have a completely different definition of what "Fair Tax" means. In fact, Marilyn Rickert of Fair Tax Illinois has confirmed that their legal team is already crafting a "cease and desist order".