In a perfect world, every elected official would love to lower taxes and still provide critical public services, however, the reality is the math just does not add up.
The Illinois Rural Health Association relies greatly on state-funded programs to support medically underserved populations across the state. If the current state income tax is not maintained at its current level, the health care services provided at hospitals, Rural Health Clinics and public health departments will suffer greatly and impact thousands of Illinois residents who currently depend on them. In the mental health community, core psychiatric services and crisis services would be eliminated. Unfortunately, if an individual does not get the proper medical care in the early stages of an illness or be able to stay on their medication, the illness is not eliminated; it worsens and becomes more expensive to treat in the long run and makes people who could be leading productive lives unproductive, not to mention the human pain and suffering.
The Illinois Rural Health Association urges the members of the General Assembly to make what may not be the most popular choice but the most practical and responsible one, by voting to maintain the current state income tax rate.
Margaret Vaughn, executive director, Illinois Rural Health Association