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posted: 1/19/2014 4:40 AM

Graduated tax about honor and fairness

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Graduated tax about honor and fairness

I disagree with your "Our View" editorial in the Jan. 5 issue of the Daily Herald where you state your opposition to the graduated tax stating that it is "about the money."

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You correctly acknowledge that our present flat tax creates a heavier burden on low income workers and that the graduated tax would raise more money. Contrary to your editorial's emphasis, that is exactly what is necessary because we in Illinois have come to expect more services than the present system can afford.

The graduated tax would help pay for our services in a prompt and honorable manner. Furthermore, this might enable us to lower the gas tax which also unfairly burdens low wage earners. Viewed from this vantage point, the graduated tax is not about money but about honor and fairness.

Mich Barbezat

Elgin

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