Skip to comments.Illinois must not delay on pension reform- EDITORIAL:
Posted on 06/14/2012 2:20:09 PM PDT by tflabo
The Land of Lincoln is rusting away. Public sector pensions underfunded by $83 billion are a crisis Illinois has faced for years but still has not resolved.
Credit-rating agencies have threatened to lower the state's bond rating, and it is already among the worst in the nation.
Finding the necessary $83 billion to fulfill this promise to employees is not easy. For one thing, the Illinois Constitution forbids reducing pension benefits. That's out of the equation.
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What the hay? Hack Unionists wrote the IL Constitution?
It may be tough, but changing the state constitution may be the easiest fix.
They want to shift the outstanding pension unfunded balance of 83 billion onto the local school districts. Can you say ‘property tax increases’?
But there is nothing in there that says you can't tax them at 100% for anything over $50,000...
Then pensioners would move out of state. Illinois couldn't tax those people.
I really need to get away from states like Illinois
No problem. Change the Constitution.
Their lib friends in DC tax out of the country earnings all the time. Liberals think they can tax ANYTHING. Alinsky them by enforcing their own beliefs. It's only fair. If they won't bargain in good faith and won't let you revise or otherwise get around the letter of the law, including the Illinois constitution, implement a windfall pension tax. And implement it as withholding, i.e. you take it out automatically when you disburse the pension; they can always file to get a refund - next year - if they have overpaid. And throw their own class warfare rhetoric back at them when they squeal like the stuck porkers they are.
I retired from the navy reserve with 21 years of service (11 on active duty and 10 in the reserves). I was near Baghdad for six months, and I have to wait until I’m 60, to get the pension. Few state or local employees risk their lives, for their country, but they get large pensions, starting in their 50’s.
You were in the wrong bidness, buddy. See, if only you had become a good Combiner thug, you’d be living high on the hog now. Vacation homes in Aspen & Gstaad, Grand Cayman and a 300-lb waistline. Doesn’t pay to do honest work in a Democrat state.
Public sector pensions are bankrupting the country.
They are undeserved and should be ended other than for the military.
This brings me to my favorite fantasy issue. It is time to end the civil service and bring back the spoils system. Governor Walker could have simply fired the union scum like the good old days. All of them.
Used to be Republicans were hired under Republicans and Democrats under democrats. Now it’s all union dems all the time and festering leftist bureaucrats at places like the State Department and CBO.
It’s not fair and I don’t see any downside to going back to the spoils system.
Former Governor Ernie Fletcher tried to clean house in Kentucky and was lynched because of it. This is the bone marrow of the democrat party. It needs to be killed.
“Public sector pensions are bankrupting the country.
They are undeserved and should be ended other than for the military.”
Now you’re talking!
“This is the bone marrow of the democrat party. It needs to be killed.”
Yep. It’s written in Section 23 of the Illinois Constitution as amended in 1970. We are so screwed...
Governor Quinn keeps saying school districts are getting a “free ride” but the last time I checked my property tax bill here in DuPage County fully 60% of it is specifically designated for school district pensions.
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