Ted was on WJPF with Tom Miller last week discussing Illinois’ other retirement debt: The $73 billion the state owes in retiree health insurance benefits to state workers. That debt is entirely unfunded, meaning the state handles annual costs on a pay-go basis. Ted warned that increasing healthcare costs, coupled with even higher pension payments, will eat up even more of the state’s budget in the future. https://dehayf5mhw1h7.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2018/12/12091650/12.12.18-Dabrowski-Ted.mp3

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2 years ago

Just to give you a date point of what should be THE relevant comparison: The majority of private sector companies offer an average of 2.7% of a person’s pay plus 6.2% in Social Security(SS contribution maxes out after pay of $128,400). So up until $128,400 in pay the average private sector employer contributes 8.9% of pay. After your salary exceeds $128,400 the formula would be $7,960.80 plus 2.7% of salary. This comparing one den of thieves with another den of thieves is part of the problem. Public sector benefits should be based on the average of private sector benefits for… Read more »

2 years ago

Well if you just increase the budget until it’s only consuming 15%, problem solved. Fractions have numerators AND denominators!

Downstate cynic
2 years ago

I really appreciate the comparative data from other states. Since the progressive response is “ see our taxes are to low and if we raise the taxes the state will be more like other states”. These graduates of public school math see the problem as a % problem not a spending problem. We know Illinois is one the highest taxed states in the country but it would be good to juxtapose some metrics of % of income that goes to state and local taxes compared to other states. This would take away the inevitable progressive argument. Illinois has a unique… Read more »

Mike Williams
2 years ago

So what’s the problem? Illinois just needs to fire 50% of it’s employees and close half the police/fire stations as well as half the public schools. Just don’t fire any administrative officials or reduce any layers of government cause we can’t survive without them. I really don’t see a problem here….lol

2 years ago
Reply to  Mike Williams

Mike-very true but I would add let’s have no more than 1 school district per county except for Cook. Florida has approx 7 million more people than Illinois but has only 65 districts.to our 868. Imagine the savings of eliminating duplicative top heavy administrative bloat of 768 districts. Winnebago county has 11 districts. McHenry county has 18. Boone district 100 has a superintendent and at least 4 assistant superintendents maybe 5. Home values are down in Boone year over year (1.67% for mine) yet taxes will probably go up.