November 6th is election day.
Most people’s attention will be on the Presidential race.
But the Springfield skunks have voted to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot: HJRCA49, House Joint Resolution Constiutional Amendment.
And if folks aren’t paying attention, which many won’t be, it will pass.
It will do great harm to senior pensioners across Illinois.
What the amendment would do is require a 60% vote of the Illinois House and Senate to increase public pension benefits.
Well, hell. In at a time of economic hardship who would even consider increasing benefits. We’re just struggling to hold on to what we have.
But it is a trick. Nobody I know is asking to increase benefits.
What this constitutional amendment is aimed at is pension cost of living adjustments. And some legal experts believe the amendment would neutralize any existing constitutional pension protection.
That’s the short explanation. Glen Brown does a great job of unpacking the entire deal.
Here is your job.
Between now and November 6th you must use all your communication skills to get the word out: Facebook, Twitter. Phone calls. Even snail mail.
Big bucks are going to be spent to get this turkey passed. We’ve seen what big bucks can do last week in Wisconsin. But there are 360,000 TRS members in Illinois. Each with family members. Each with lots of friends. A million voters for sure.
Now is the time to give them a call.