Still largely unnoticed is that the new school funding formula provides an additional $350 million for schools every year for ten years. Governor Rauner generally supported that and now often lists it among his successes. His amendatory veto of the bill targeted only the out-sized share Chicago got.
It’s a blue state so you have to throw some big bones to the other side if you want to win — that’s the defense often put up in Rauner’s behalf.
On Saturday we got one indication of whether that will work. The Illinois Federation of Teachers endorsed J.B. Pritzker. They didn’t bother to be nice about it and didn’t actually thank him for the new money. It’s really pretty dishonest: “Unlike Bruce Rauner, JB respects workers and wants to work together to find solutions to our state’s problems. While Rauner made deep cuts and caused a crisis, JB believes that to increase funding for our schools and services fairly, Illinois needs a progressive income tax where the wealthy pay at a higher rate than those who can least afford it,” they said. [Emphasis added.]
Not a word acknowledging Rauner’s support for the new money and for the “evidence based” sharing model the educrats wanted. Just the standard spin that the budget impasse was all Rauner’s fault.
UPDATE: In response to this piece Kristen McQueary of the Tribune tweeted this, which applies to the IFT’s endorsement and its obviously true: “Dem-controlled, and for several years supermajority-controlled, ILGA could have placed a constitutional amendment for a graduated income tax on the ballot. They did not. Madigan couldn’t even get his millionaire tax out of the House. But let’s blame GOP…. makes no sense.”
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