I received the following e-mails from a friend, and I wanted to know how YOU would respond to them. Thanks, Esther Allman
Below are two emails that I received in response to my sending out my own emails to all of my friends and family to vote NO against the amendment. What arguments can be used to respond to these type of messages? Or does mean that we are in a tough battle and the lines are drawn?
there are many laws in Illinois that address individual issues.
There is no money. This is a step in the direction of controlling spending and is less “radical” then what has been done in many other states.
Please vote YES to the Illinois Constitutional Amendment on November 6th ballot.
On November 6th, Illinois voters will vote on a proposal to amend the Illinois Constitution. This proposal would amend the Constitution to require a 3/5s majority vote of each chamber of the Illinois General Assembly, as well as the governing bodies of any unit of local government, school district, or pension or retirement system in order to increase a benefit under any public pension or retirement system.
Tyrone Fahner is the former attorney general of Illinois and president of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago. He talked to Ward Room about why voters should approve Amendment 49, a which would change the Illinois constitution to require a three-fifths vote to increase pension benefits for public employees.
Thanks for sending this.
It demonstrates most clearly why voters should defeat this amendment.Ty Fahner of the corporate Civic Committee answers your question himself in the interview:
Q: If we are able to make it more difficult to increase these pensions, how long will it be before we see any fiscal benefit?
A: I don’t know if we ever will.
The State of Illinois presently faces an $85 billion unfunded pension liability. The Constitutional Amendment does absolutely nothing to address the most serious financial issue confronting the state.
The goal of Ty Fahner and the Civic Committee is to privatize – to do away with – all public employee pensions. The fact that he admits that this amendment will do nothing to solve the unfunded pension liability, yet he wants it to pass, demonstrates that he sees it as a first step, a foot in the door, to doing away with pensions entirely.
The problem will not be solved by cutting or restricting benefits. The solution is to increase revenue: A graduated income tax and an end to corporate tax loopholes.
Requiring a 3/5ths super majority in Springfield and from local school boards to bargain local contracts is a recipe for labor turmoil in Illinois. And a pension debt that will continue to spiral out of control.