We have not forgotten how our legislators on the Pension Committee voted in May on SB 1673.
We will also remember how our legislators vote on Friday, August 17th especially for the election in November. November can't come soon enough to vote out representatives and senators who do not support tens of thousands of public employees who educate our children and keep this state running.
There are many of us. We have family members, colleagues, friends, neighbors, and others who support us and will vote with us to oust any representatives and senators who vote for pension "reform." Angry constituents vote and we are angry.
Do you want a solution? Reform the outdated tax system as we have suggested for two years.
You have probably read or heard about the report from the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability released on August 13th.
Here are two short quotations:
The reason Illinois has allowed its fiscal system to deteriorate is simple: lack of political will to deal with the state’s flawed tax policy, which is the primary cause of the fiscal problems in Illinois.
The good news is that by expanding the state’s sales tax base to include services, amending the Constitution to permit graduated income tax rates and taxing some retirement income, Illinois can raise the additional revenue needed to sustain public service investments, while at the same time reducing or not changing the tax burden for the bottom 94 percent of families in Illinois with modest increases in tax burden for the top 6 percent of filers with incomes of over $150,000. The only thing standing in the way is politics.
For the complete report, read: http://www.ctbaonline.org/New_Folder/Budget,%20Tax%20and%20Revenue/CTBA%20FY2013%20Enacted%20Budget%20Analysis_8.2.2012%20FINAL.pdf
We look forward to hearing from you.