It should be surprising that with nearly universal corporate and media focus on cutting pension benefits as the solution to Illinois’s broken promises to its public employees, there is no public consensus that punishing employees is the way to go.
But I’m not surprised.
On Friday, Crain’s published an Ipsos poll that displays the confusion that abounds.
On the one hand, the public supports the pension obligation cost shift.
On the other hand, they oppose raising taxes to pay for public pensions, which the cost shift would surely do.
The poll also reports that the public opposes cutting pension benefits.
But those questioned were united on one thing. Asked who is to blame for Illinois’ pension problems — Democrats, Republicans, the Legislature or the governor — 56 percent chose another option: “All of the above.”