Grad­u­ated in­come tax means greater fair­ness be­tween the rich and the rest of us

Chicago Sun-Times - - OPINION -

The more than 3,000 mem­bers of our union, Amal­ga­mated Tran­sit Union Local 308, like to say “we move Chicago” — lit­er­ally. We are the CTA em­ploy­ees who get you where you need to go on the rails and who clean and dis­in­fect the train cars and sta­tions.

Any­one who rides the ‘L’ knows that we’re es­sen­tial, but the pan­demic has brought that fact to the fore­front. Na­tion­wide, more than 100 ATU mem­bers have died of COVID-19, seven of them here in Chicago.

Like other es­sen­tial work­ers, we’re on the job de­spite the risks. But when we look around, we see wealthy folks who aren’t do­ing their share. The mil­lion­aires and bil­lion­aires are get­ting richer, but when it comes to taxes, they aren’t pay­ing their part. And be­cause they don’t, there’s not enough fund­ing for the hos­pi­tals, the so­cial ser­vices and, yes, the trains and buses our re­gion re­lies on ev­ery day.

A vote we cast this fall can make a dif­fer­ence. Vot­ing yes for the fair tax con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment will make the wealth­i­est pay a lit­tle more in taxes on in­come over $250,000, while work­ing folks who make less than that will get a tax cut.

I’m vot­ing yes be­cause, by lift­ing the bur­den off mid­dle class and poor peo­ple, it’s a con­crete way we can do some­thing for the es­sen­tial work­ers who serve us all.

The fair tax rev­enue raised from the mil­lion­aires and bil­lion­aires will help work­ing peo­ple in ev­ery part of Illi­nois. I grew up in East St. Louis; since mov­ing to the Chicago area, I’ve lived in the west sub­urbs, in En­gle­wood and Hyde Park on the South Side, and now in the south sub­urbs.

I’ve seen needs in ev­ery one of those com­mu­ni­ties, and the fair tax amend­ment isn’t just talk. It’s real ac­tion to­ward eq­uity be­tween the rich and the rest of us, as well as our fair share of fund­ing for our neigh­bor­hoods and the ser­vices we need.

ATU mem­bers move Chicago. With fair tax re­form, ev­ery­one can help move Illi­nois. Deb­o­rah Lane, sec­re­tary-trea­surer Amal­ga­mated Tran­sit Union (ATU) Local 308

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