If there is hope that Illinois will recover from financial disaster, weak job growth, record-high taxes and massive population loss, the Supreme Court’s Janus v. AFSCME ruling is a good first step on that path to recovery.
Not only are we supposed to accept the fact that our state government is overrun with sexual predators—we are also expected to fund their lavish retirement benefits.
As a party, Illinois Republicans now head into the 2018 general election with very little to distinguish them from the state’s “tax-and-spend and borrow-and-spend and spend-and-spend-and-spend” Democrats.
Economists from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago suggested an annual 1 percent statewide property tax, on top of the property tax bills owners already pay. Under their plan, you’d be forced to pay thousands of dollars in additional property taxes to try and fill the state’s $130 billion pension shortfall over the next 30 years.
Many politicians claim to support the hardworking small business owners in their communities, but the proof is in their voting records. Well over half of Illinois General Assembly members received a failing grade from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) on their most recent scorecard, meaning these lawmakers voted against business-friendly policies more often than not.
The situation in Harvey is not unique and is an ominous case study for the path that the state and other communities are moving towards. Overall, nearly two-thirds of Illinois’ 651 pension funds got less than their required contribution from their cities in 2016.