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MoveOn Petition - Governor Rauner, stop the cuts and make the rich pay their fair share!

4/01/2015

As you know, Governor Rauner has proposed drastic cuts to crucial programs in Illinois, balancing the state budget on the backs of working families before asking the wealthy to pay their fair share. Among other things, his plan will result in teacher layoffs, forcing class sizes and property taxes to swell. We demand Governor Rauner stop these cuts and support a simple solution: the Millionaire’s Tax, a proposal requiring a 3% surcharge on income over $1 million, to direct additional funding to education. 

Click here to sign the petition demanding Governor Rauner stop the cuts and make the rich pay their fair share. 

For a glimpse into the endgame of Rauner’s “reforms,” read this piece by a former IFT member who recently took a teaching job in Indiana, a so-called “right-to-work” state. 

The recently proposed Indiana state budget cuts basic tuition funds for some of the poorest districts and increases funds for wealthier districts. For example, Gary is facing funding cuts of up to 19%, while affluent Carmel looks to have funds increased by over 10% over the next two years. Meanwhile, Indianapolis Public Schools is facing $32 million in budget cuts over the next two years, partially due to using outdated data to figure out funding. Indiana is forcing those cuts while projecting a $2 billion dollar budget surplus in 2015.

Click here to sign the petition demanding Governor Rauner stop the cuts and make the rich pay their fair share. 

Rauner’s cuts will be detrimental to teaching and learning in Illinois. More than 63% of voters supported the Millionaire’s Tax proposal on the ballot in November. We urge Governor Rauner to listen to the people, support the Millionaire’s Tax to generate revenue, and sign it into law when it hits his desk. 

It’s clear that the Governor’s agenda does not include advocating for Illinois’ working families, so we must advocate for ourselves. Please take a minute to sign this petition urging the Governor to ask his millionaire friends to pay their fair share to put money back into the services that allow Illinois to thrive. 

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