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Two sides of same issue

Published: Saturday, April 19, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

We should be very skeptical of a politician who’s on both sides of the same issue.

That’s what worries me about Rep. Jack Franks.

Weeks ago, Franks told reporters he thought letting “the voters decide” on taxing millionaires an additional 3 percent was a decent idea. This is a stark contrast from Franks’ opposition to the letting voters decide on constitutional amendment regarding the fair tax, with lower rates for lower incomes and higher rates for higher incomes.

Franks has signed onto a resolution opposing a fair tax, and is fighting tooth and nail to keep it from going to the voters in November.

Franks leans heavily on rhetoric, saying he opposes “tax increases of any kind.” But the proposal by Sen. Don Harmon shows that 94 percent of Illinoisans would get a tax cut under a fair tax. And according to the fair tax calculator at, a median income earner in McHenry County with a family of four would save $319 under the bill being considered.

If originally he was open to letting the voters decide on Madigan’s millionaire tax (a definitive tax increase) in November, why is he fighting so hard against letting McHenry County voters chose for themselves on a proposal that would give 94 percent of Illinois a tax break?

Rep. Franks, if you can’t be a leader in the Legislature on budget and tax policy, move out of the way and let your constituents decide.

Sean Casey


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