What gives the Chicago Teachers Union the power to strike – or threaten to strike – every time they don’t like a new contract proposal? One of the answers lies in the state’s collective bargaining rules. They are among the most anti-taxpayer labor laws in the country.
This week on WTAD, Ted talked all about the release of Gov. J.B. Pritzker's state economic development plan and his pension consolidation task force's recommendations. He said "if you can make 1-2 percent more on your investments, you should do it. But don't call it a monumental action. It doesn't fix the pension problem, it doesn't get rid of all those 650 pension funds. It doesn't free cities from overbearing state control."
A Gov. J.B. Pritzker task force has recommended that the state’s 650 local public safety pension funds consolidate their assets into two funds solely for investment purposes. It’s a good idea. But will it be “a momentous achievement in state history?” Hardly.
Though Illinois’ wealthy make up a relatively small share of the people lost to out-migration, they’re responsible for the largest share of income lost to other states. Illinois suffered a net $4.87 billion loss in AGI in 2016. More than 50 percent of that came from losing people who made $200,000 or more.