I’m not a single-issue voter.
That’s not exactly true. There have been a few times.
Like after the Democrats in the state legislature voted to steal my pension. I promised I wouldn’t vote for anyone who voted for it and I opposed my union’s endorsement of any candidate in my region who vote for it. None of them got the endorsement, I’m happy to say. Which really pissed of Lou Lang who complained that we didn’t elect more Democrats.
Apparently the veto proof majority that the Democrats had at the time was not sufficient for Lou Lang.
This was before Lou was busted by the #MeToo Movement.
When the current legislature passed the last state budget they included a 3% cap on teacher raises.
The stated intension for sneaking in the 3% salary cap was to prevent pension spiking.
That explanation is total bullshit. Pension spiking is a myth. Several years ago the legislature limited final raises that could be calculated towards a teacher pension to 6%. That doesn’t nearly reach the level of spiking.
I remind folks that the state is carrying a pension liability of over one hundred billion dollars. A 6% increase (with no step increase) in the final year of work is not a spike. It is meaningless in the context of a one hundred billion dollar pension debt.
It is buying a mop because the damn burst.
Oh. About being a one issue voter.
Not this year.
But there is a bill that has been introduced that will reverse the 3% cap on teacher salaries.
It important to note that the 3% cap is not just on a raise in the final year of work. The law is remarkably non-specific about that. It allows for a local board to limit ALL increases to under 3% and punishes boards that exceed the cap if they are pensionable increases.
The Illinois legislature won’t be back in session until after the election.
The cap is not my only issue.
But if somebody comes knocking on my door asking for a vote, I will be asking them if they plan to co-sponsor and vote for a reversal of the cap.
So should you.