Ted talked with Tom Miller of WJPF this week about Gov. Pritzker’s first act in office: he granted raises to state workers, worth hundreds of millions, before contract negotiations with AFSCME have even begun. And Pritzker says he doesn’t even know the cost of those raises. Worse, he may know, but doesn’t want to tell Illinoisans how much.

Whatever you think of Pritzker, that’s a poor way to start an administration, especially in a state as broke as Illinois.

Read more about Pritzker, his first act as governor and the promises he’s made:

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Ron
1 year ago

I can not spend my money on something without knowing what the final cost is. BUT I AM USING MY MONEY NOT SOMEONE ELSE’S. LET THAT SINK IN. I

Freddy
1 year ago

As long as someone else pays (taxpayers) costs should not matter. After all we are flush with cash. I will plant more trees that grow 100 dollar bills and cut down my trees that grow 50’s and less. Just too much work raking them up and sending them to Springfield.

Buh-bye
1 year ago

I’m sure giving away somebody else’s money to his union owners was a hard decision for Gov Fatass

James
1 year ago
Reply to  Buh-bye

Buh-bye, please read the comment I made to PM. You’re only a step or two short of him in your vile manner of expressing yourself. You two are a match made in hell in that respect. Give some grown-up consideration to what you say and how you say, please! Keep you ideas and express them but do so in a more intelligent manner.

Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Buh-bye

Buh-bye, James is right. See my response to PM, please.

Mark M
1 year ago
Reply to  Mark Glennon

I am all for fact based, adult discussion, and that focus is why Wirepoints is such a breath of fresh air. Pritzker’s action does give rise to a need for a summary (or so I think). If I have it right, and I welcome corrections, after a 32% tax increase Illinois in the most recent budget year nevertheless will run a $1.2B deficit. And now there is an additional $200M that has not been budgeted (not that anyone should take budgets in Illinois seriously at this point). I am perplexed at why the press is not far more critical than… Read more »

Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Mark M

It’s far, far worse than a $1.2 B deficit. You need to include growing accrued liabilities, as we’ve written often, that are not included in budgets. The actual loss has averaged about $10 billion per year, and will likely exceed that this year. That’s what the press is most blind to.

Mark M
1 year ago
Reply to  Mark Glennon

Yes, Mark, you are correct in that accrued liabilities should be included – they must be paid. My clumsy point is that in a state with a Constitutional imperative to balance a budget the state is running a $1.2B (and likely much higher, especially after the elections) deficit after a 32 percent tax increase. The only conclusion I can see is that Prtzker, et. al. want to raise taxes even more so we can see even higher operational deficits.

Once_A_Fan
1 year ago
Reply to  Mark Glennon

Wow, censure much? I read the thread and thought PM(one of my favorite posters) exited gracefully and politely. Then I see you deleted the posts were you and James castigated him. That was really low. So in the end this website/blog has zero integrity.

Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Once_A_Fan

Hogwash. The post is not deleted and all the comments are there. No, we do not censure except for the standard reasons. One of those reasons for which we do censure, after a warning, is making false statements about what we’ve written or done. You are warned. And as for PM, I asked him very, very politely to stick to substance over name calling. He chose to leave.

Riverbender
1 year ago
Reply to  Mark Glennon

Why is it the so called liberals, as a general statement, resort to name calling and throwing insults?

Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Riverbender

Some on the right do it, too, but it is astonishing how often the left “thinks” that way. It’s more of an issue of labeling and categorization. If you say something right-of-center, a the response so often is just something like Koch Brothers, Trump, Nazi, bigot, right wing or whatever. They’ve truly subordinated rational discussion to that. One of my favorite quotes is from Nassim Taleb: “Mathematicians think in proofs, lawyers in constructs, logicians in operators, dancers in movement, artists in impressions, and idiots in labels.” That describes so many on the left.