While I understand that the State of Illinois is in dire financial shape, I do not see why politicians, like yourselves, think it is wise to balance the budget on the backs of the very people who voted for you and who have done everything they were asked to do during their working lives.
To attempt to take away or diminish the pensions of State Employees will not balance the budget, only increasing state taxes will do that. Why not employ a graduated income tax so that everyone pays his/her fair share?
As a retired educator and a tax payer, I think this would be a fair way to put the state back on its feet. I would willingly pay more taxes to help balance the budget.
Please tax the top; not mom & pop!
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