Although Chicago teachers could legally strike this month, the CTU House of Delegates yesterday decided to put it off in the hopes that the state’s politicians could find a way to raise revenue.
You would think that during this Teacher Appreciation Week the legislature would show some money love. Instead it appears that the bill to place a Fair Tax on the November ballot is dead for this year.
Michael Madigan’s Democrats didn’t have enough votes to pass it and no Republicans would challenge Rauner’s opposition to fairness. There was no point in calling for a vote, so it wasn’t called.
Senator Manar’s school funding bill will send some money to Chicago, but I have written about the problems of trying to achieve his goal of equity without funding adequacy. And unless the bill has changed since last I looked, it still takes money from special needs students to fill the gap.
That leaves raising the flat income tax rate from our state’s current 3.75% to something less than the 5% it was a little over a year ago.
That may happen if enough Republicans and Democrats can agree. Madigan won’t let his Democrats vote for taxes unless at least some Republicans sign on.
Maybe after November.
In Springfield they seem to think we have all the time in the world.