CHICAGO - Six Democrat State House members that haven't made clear their positions on Illinois switching from a flat tax rate to one that increases as income grows are targets of Americans for Prosperity - Illinois' new ad campaign launched Monday. The group will hold an open phone town hall on the topic Monday night.
"The is the initial phase of a campaign we'll be expanding after the holidays," AFP-IL State Director David From said Monday morning.
The ads are focused at State Representatives Carol Sente (Lincolnshire), Brandon Phelps (Harrisburg), Katherine Cloonen (Kankakee), Stephanie Kifowit (Aurora) , Martin Moylan (Des Plaines) and Deborah Conroy (Villa Park). Taxpayers are asked to contact the lawmakers, and urge them to oppose the state shifting to progressive tax system.
“Illinois’ political leaders have instituted policies that have led to historic debt, higher taxes and some of the worst unemployment in the nation,” From said. “Employers and workers are leaving Illinois, limiting residents’ opportunities to succeed, yet state Democratic leaders want to scrap the flat tax and impose a progressive tax to further penalize job-creators and make the Land of Lincoln even less attractive to businesses."
Democrat efforts in both chambers will need three-fifths majorities before May 4th to get progressive tax constitutional amendment onto the November 2014 ballot. All but two House Republicans - Michael Unes and David Leitch - have signed onto HR 241, which calls for Illinois to remain on the flat tax system.
"These ads are the next phase in AFP’s efforts to inform Illinoisans about this disastrous plan and urge them to tell their legislators they do not want their income taxes raised, again,” From said.
The ad above which says "Tell Rep. Moylan the progressive tax is a bad idea," is a template of the ads being run in five other districts.
For more information on Monday night's tele-town hall at 7 pm with Senator Michael Connelly (R-Naperville), Todd Maisch, Executive Vice-President of the IL Chamber of Commerce and AFP-IL Staff, e-mail Andrew Nelms at firstname.lastname@example.org.