Keeping retirement weird. This is what happens when we let Michael Madigan be the voice of the anti-Rauner coalition.

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The compromise funding bill that came out of the secret meeting among Democratic and Repug legislative leadership is horrible.

Senate Bill 1 was never all that to begin with. Rauner liked 90% of it, he said. And then Rauner vetoed the bill because he is a racist and it would have sent more money to CPS.

The new bill contains a huge gift to the wealthy in the form of what is called neo-vouchers. The rich get to donate thousands of dollars to private and parochial schools for scholarships and 75% of their gift is deducted from the small amount of state income tax they currently pay. That tax break is a huge financial loss to public schools.

Cardinal Cupich, who votes for God by proxy, and Rahm, who speaks for Betsy DeVos directly, are all for it.

And so is Michael Madigan who brokered the deal.

Madigan has been handed the the role of Speaker. Not just of the Illinois House, but of the anti-Rauner coalition. No matter how many times the state’s public employee unions are stabbed in the back by Madigan, they have let Madigan speak for them with no independent voice.

This is why we got a pension Tier III, a breakthrough for those who want to privatize public employee pensions.

And now neo-vouchers.

State Senator Daniel Biss, who is running for governor, has said he will not vote for this latest version of a school funding bill.

Biss told us on our Hitting Left radio show that vouchers were a red line that Democrats should not cross.

He appears to be keeping his word.

On the House side, 39th District State Representative Will Guzzardi (my state rep) also opposes it.

Legislative leaders in Springfield have proposed a resolution to the state’s school funding crisis. That compromise contains a $75 million tax credit for wealthy people who donate to private scholarships.

I cannot support this agreement.

Giving rich people a huge tax loophole for driving students out of public schools and into private schools is anathema to my most deeply held beliefs.

There’s a lot of really good stuff in the total package. But I’m not willing to swallow this insidious right-wing plot in exchange.

The legislature needs to know that you oppose it too. Please sign this petition and circulate it widely.

Legislative leaders in Springfield have proposed a resolution to the state’s school funding crisis. That compromise contains a $75 million annual tax credit for wealthy people who donate to private scholarships. The General Assembly needs to reject…
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And I want to thank Guzzardi for his acknowledgement of the grass roots movement that has played Paul Revere to this grand voucher plan:
Thanks to FredEvieDonaldMariaSamLisaDawn Marie, and others who have posted about this issue. And to Chicago Teachers Union and RAISE YOUR HAND – CPS Parents for Fair Funding among others for advocating on it, and to the hundreds who have called and emailed my office and every other rep’s office about it. We need to keep up the pressure.
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There have been others.
Notable is Bev Johns, who has been on Senate Bill 1, exposing its attack on special education funding from the beginning.
As for this voucher deal, it has Madigan’s fingerprints all over it.
Meanwhile, this past week Rauner has vetoed:
  • A state $15 minimum wage bill.
  • Senate Bill 1720, which would make failure to pay wages a Class 4 felony instead of a misdemeanor.
  •  Senate Bill 1714, which would add reporting requirements for consultants retained by retirement system, pension fund, or investment boards.
  • House Bill 2462, which would prohibit employers from enquiring about previous salary and compensation of prospective employees.

When Rauner first got elected, Madigan and the Democrats had a veto proof majority in both chambers of the General Assembly.

Madigan lost that veto proof majority.

Rauner must be defeated in the next election.

Madigan supports Pritzker, who as of this morning has not said anything about the neo-vouchers in the funding bill.

The state’s AFL-CIO also backs Pritzker

Because Madigan supports Pritzker and Madigan speaks for them.

As far as I know, Madigan does not speak for God.

4 thoughts on “Keeping retirement weird. This is what happens when we let Michael Madigan be the voice of the anti-Rauner coalition.

  1. No, but there is at least one IFT Local leader who speaks for Madigan. The leader announced months ago that the teachers were supporting Jay Pritzker, and that “we” stand in solidarity with “Brother Madigan.”

    Yup, the same “Brother Madigan” who is a product of private schools.

    The same “Brother Madigan” who stabbed teachers in the back with the passage of SB 7.

    Time to primary every one of the democrats who will vote for this abomination. Time to connect with Indivisible and others, because the IFT will just keep pouring millions of dollars of our dues down the gullet of King Madigan.

    https://preaprez.wordpress.com/2011/07/07/stand-for-childrens-jonah-edelman-explains-how-they-out-foxed-illinois-teacher-union-leadership/

  2. Fred,
    This type of scholarship arrangement is probably in use on other states, have you looked in to how it fared and how it effected public school funding (on a per pupil basis please). Get some facts to support your position with something other than “it hurts the kids, bad for kids = bad for union”.
    By the way, the good news is you can raise the income taxes on the rich now.

    1. Anonymous,
      Thanks for your advice on how to write my blog posts. How’s your’s coming along.
      Oh, and tax the rich in Illinois? What are you smoking?

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