Illinois: HIV/AIDS Advocacy Groups Seek Tax Increase to Fund Essential State Programs
May 25, 2010
HIV/AIDS activists are asking Illinois legislators to increase the state income tax rate from 3 percent to 5 percent as a way to reverse recent cuts in social programs, particularly the state's AIDS Drug Assistance Program, which serves more than 4,000 people monthly. "We need these programs to continue to be funded. I can't stress that enough," said Chicago resident Arick Buckles, who has relied on ADAP for 12 years. Illinois has an estimated 45,000 people living with HIV, and an additional 1,500 are diagnosed each year, said John Peller, spokesperson for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. The income tax proposal, HB 174, has been approved by the Senate but is not moving in the House.
State Journal-Register (Springfield)
05.20.2010; John Guidroz
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