This writer and Jeff Johnson, President of the Municipal Employees Society of Chicago (right).
– By Jeff Johnson. Jeff is President of the Municipal Employees Society of Chicago.
Rahm’s budgets have included slight of hand shell games fooling taxpayers for years. The city budget has been close to $1 billion in the red each of the last four years. In ten years we have gone from $10 billion in debt to the current debt of $21.4 billion.
Yet Rahm gets false credit for righting the financial ship and saving Chicago in the media.
The picture has been painted that Chuy hasn’t the intestinal fortitude to handle the burden of Chicago’s budget.
I say after four years of past practice Rahm is the only one that lacks in that category.
Public relations is a wonderful thing when a plan comes together.
No matter what budget Jesus Garcia presented was going to get ripped to shreds.
He presented a fiscally responsible plan that focused not so much on increased fees but taking a thorough look at the cities finances while giving ideas on increased revenue.
Reporters stuck on the angle Chuy isn’t ready for the job asked questions they wouldn’t dare ask Rahm.
Chicago taxpayers have given their hard earned money for far too long to have it squandered by self serving elected officials. Only after a unbiased eye can we truly find how much is being wasted and begin to plan towards the future.
Much is made about pensions and the fix, the true answer is that there is no easy fix. But most city workers you talk to are eager to find a common ground for pension solvency.
“Employee givebacks” are made a big thing by politicians eager in sharing the pain. Most employees would agree to a cut in pay by increasing their pension contributions now.
Increasing our contributions .50% each year towards the pension fund for 5 years shows we are willing to give now and share in the pain of benefit cuts as we are paying more to a plan we are not receiving anything additional for. You would be hard pressed to find any contract that one side paid 25% more and didn’t ask for anything more in return for their increased payment. This shows the devotion and compassion that city workers have in fixing the pension problem. Paying more than anyone in the country is a testament of being dedicated to taking a part of the solution.
When the current pension bills are struck down as unconstitutional there will be a sky if falling mentality amongst some. Know that we wish to work together and solve the problem of pension funding that has gone on way too long. Retirees have given their lives to their work and ceased working under a deal made to ensure a dignified ease into the golden years. To pull the rug out from under them and prey on the most vulnerable is illegal and immoral. Only through shared sacrifice of increased funding on both sides can we achieve a true fix to pension solvency.