Forum: Nurses are health care’s heroes
National Nurses Week (May 6-12) is celebrated annually, giving us an opportunity to recognize nurses and nurse educators who have touched our lives and inspired us in pursuing such an honorable profession.
This year’s theme, “Delivering Quality and Innovation in Patient Care,” established by the American Nurses Association, is especially meaningful during this pivotal time in health care, when advanced technologies and health care reform are changing the way patient care is delivered.
Nurses have long been at the forefront of health care innovation. They have tirelessly worked together and collaborated with other health care professionals to improve the quality of patient care. Nurses Week is a time to show our sincere appreciation for these efforts to improve not only the health of individual patients but the health of our nation.
While challenging, nursing is very rewarding. It provides the opportunity to continue achieving higher levels of education, allows for diverse specializations within the profession and allows one to selflessly care for others in their time of need.
Nurses provide quality, innovative and compassionate care. Please join me in honoring nurses, the heroes of health care, and in celebrating their extraordinary contributions.
National Student Nurses Association, Chamberlain College of Nursing Addison Campus Chapter
Misinformed on progressive income tax
A recent letter to the editor in the SouthtownStar (“Forum: Reeder uninformed on tax,” May 2) argued that a progressive income tax would benefit the middle class. But the reality is a progressive tax would increase the tax on the middle class.
The letter claims that the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability’s, or CTBA, progressive tax plan would “result in an income tax reduction for nearly 94 percent of Illinois taxpayers.” That statement couldn’t be more backward.
The CTBA plan makes permanent the temporary 2011 income tax increase and then taxes income earned after $5,000 at seven ever-higher marginal tax rates, topping off at 11 percent. That plan would increase the income tax for 85 percent of taxpayers in Illinois.
Illinois’ income tax is required to sunset to 3.75 percent from 5 percent in 2015 under current law. Making the 5 percent rate permanent is a tax increase, not a decrease.
The letter writer’s claim that a progressive tax would benefit Illinois’ long-term economic growth is also false. A report by the American Legislative Exchange Council makes clear that the nine states with no personal income tax consistently outperform the nine with the highest income tax. States with no income tax had far greater job growth, population growth and GDP growth.
To be clear — a progressive income tax would increase the tax on the middle class, destroy Illinois’ business climate and severely limit the state’s future economic potential.
Senior budget and tax policy analyst,
Illinois Policy Institute