A day after the corporate funded Better Government Association CEO David Greising calls for a package deal that exchanges the pension protection clause for a fair tax, the Tribune says the same thing
It’s not surprising because it looks more and more like the fair tax is getting real.
The days when the wealthy get a free tax ride in Illinois may be coming to an end. They will have to pay a little more than you. Not all that much, really.
It’s not like you will find them lining up at a soup kitchen. It amounts to a slight increase in the marginal tax rate for those at the top. It still won’t be enough to pay the sate’s bills.
But to the BGA and the Trib, any more is too much.
The fair tax will have to go to the voters and get a super majority vote. That’s what is required to change the flat tax language in the state constitution.
A vote? Now the BGA and the Trib wants votes on more stuff.
Let’s vote on everything in the constitution!
Term limits. Redistricting. And, of course, the pension protection clause.
It’s like a teenage boy sneaking a pack of Trojans in with the chips and pop so the clerk at Walgreen’s won’t notice.
“Let’s see. I would like a fair tax, term limits, (mumbles) pension protection clause oh, and some redistricting reform, sir.”
But it’s really all about the Trojans. And it’s all about the pension protection clause.
That’s the target. They don’t really give a crap about term limits or even redistricting.
I’m not big on term limits. Limit corporate funding to election campaigns and I think that will do the trick. And if they can program fair representation into a computer application, I’m good with redistricting reform too.
As for the pension protection clause, let me repeat what I have been saying for years. The legislature can try to change the constitutional and contractual pension arrangement.
It won’t do away with the growing pension liability, now at $133 billion.
It must be paid.
It wont retroactively diminish or impair the public pensions of those currently in the system, active and retired.
Pensions for a fair tax?