SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Davis fumes about Clinton, while Emanuel court hearing to start Tuesday

Tuesday, Dec 28, 2010

* One of the reasons that labor unions backed off their initial intense opposition to Rahm Emanuel a couple months ago was that they were told Bubba and otheres were coming to town to campaign for the guy. Danny Davis isn’t pleased with the development

When Congressman Danny Davis first heard that longtime friend former President Bill Clinton was coming to campaign for a rival in the Chicago mayor’s race, he was unfazed.

But the more the Democrat thought about it, the more worried he got, and he decided to issue this message to the former head of state: Butt out of Chicago politics — or else.

Davis’ press release plays the race card hard

“While we recognize the right of any individual to endorse and support any candidate that they so choose, I am seriously concerned and disturbed by press reports that former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to come to Chicago to campaign for Rahm Emanuel, who is a candidate for Mayor.

“The African American community has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with the Clintons, however it appears as though some of that relationship maybe fractured and perhaps even broken should former President Clinton come to town and participate overtly in efforts to thwart the legitimate political aspirations of Chicago’s Black community.

“We respectfully request and urge former President Clinton not to become involved in the Chicago Mayoral Election.

* Whatever happens, expect an appeal

Attorneys for Rahm Emanuel and those fighting his mayoral bid appeared briefly before a Cook County Circuit Court judge Tuesday, the start of what is expected to be a series of legal challenges to the Chicago Board of Elections Commissioners’ recent ruling allowing Emanuel on the Feb. 22 ballot.

Judge Mark Ballard set a hearing for next Tuesday, when both sides are expected to make their formal arguments — which are like going to sound very familiar. Ballard also gave Emanuel’s attorneys until Friday to respond to legal documents filed by those challenging his candidacy.

Burt Odelson, the main attorney for those objecting to Emanuel’s presence on the ballot, said he expects the judge to make a ruling on the case next Tuesday.

* Related…

* Candidate slams ‘overnight deals’ - Davis criticizes the role of political clout in Chicago.

- Posted by Rich Miller   Comments Off      


Tribune catches up on tax/bond story - Plus, an Illinois TABOR?

Tuesday, Dec 28, 2010

* I told subscribers about this general idea a week or so ago. But I don’t think that the one-year plan being reported today in the Trib is actually what’s going on

As the state’s stack of unpaid bills grows, Gov. Pat Quinn is floating the idea of borrowing roughly $15 billion to alleviate the pressure, though taxpayers would be saddled with loan payments for years.

The governor has approached several lawmakers with a plan he’s dubbed a “debt bond.” While the name is somewhat redundant, the thinking is the state can pay back what it owes and plug its big budget hole — if only for a year.

A one-year “solution” would be a genuinely stupid move if true. So I really don’t think it is true.

The state has to solve two problems here. The first is the structural deficit, which is about half of the $13-15 billion in red ink. For that, you need recurring revenues. A one-off loan won’t do anything about those recurring problems. The second task is the pile of past due bills, which is roughly about another half. That’s the part which can be taken care of with a bond. If you just borrowed $15 billion and didn’t raise revenues above and beyond the debt payments to wipe out the structural deficit (or use cuts in tandem to eliminate it), you’d be right back to square one in a year. Like I said, it would be stupid. And that’s why I don’t think this is a one-off plan. They may borrow $15 billion (last week, it was more like $9 billion, but things do change), but they also need to get rid of this structural deficit to prevent more past-due bills from piling up again.

Paying for any plan will require a tax hike…

The most conventional source of money to repay the loan — an income tax increase — is also the most controversial. House Speaker Michael Madigan has been polling his Democrats on a variety of tax-hike options to gauge which might have a chance of passing. The scenarios include theoretical tax increases that would be billed as temporary or permanent and range from 1 to 2 percentage points.

As subscribers know, Madigan recently moved in the direction of one of those tax hike plans. But, as I always warn, things do change, and nothing is final yet…

Publicly, Quinn is sticking by his proposed 1-percentage-point income tax increase, which he has dubbed a “surcharge for education.” Privately, the governor has discussed with lawmakers dividing the money generated from a tax increase between schools and the state’s general revenue fund. […]

For his part, Quinn said he continues to work on creating a “comprehensive revenue package.” Quinn supports raising taxes on cigarettes by up to $1 a pack and has indicated to some legislators that he could be coming around the idea of raising the gasoline tax — a move he previously has opposed.

* Meanwhile, my syndicated newspaper column looks at some of the changes ahead

Organized labor is engaged in a furious multifront legislative war in Illinois, and more skirmishes may be on the horizon.

Trade and industrial unions are hoping to mitigate major damage from proposed workers compensation reforms. Teacher unions are trying to fend off what they consider to be some egregious education reforms. And public employee unions are warily eyeing a potential new battle against a well-known foe that their counterparts in other states have had to face in the recent past. Looking at the battlefield right now, you’d probably never know that Illinois Democrats held onto power in last month’s elections.

The House appears to be taking the more radically conservative approach, but the Democratic Senate president is determined to pass some form of workers compensation reform before the current General Assembly wraps up business in early January. The same unions that pumped hundreds of thousands of dollars into Senate campaigns are now fighting the very people they helped re-elect just a few short weeks ago.

The teacher unions are preparing scorched earth tactics for the House’s education reform bill, which they say will all but take away their right to strike, severely limit their collective bargaining powers and impose new state standards for firing or laying off teachers.

The union focus lately has turned toward a proposed constitutional amendment in the House for a so-called “Taxpayers Bill of Rights,” or TABOR, as it’s more commonly known around the nation. The proposal was quietly introduced during the veto session by Rep. Keith Farnham (D-Elgin), who also is backing the education reforms.

The measure would limit state spending to the previous year’s levels plus the average percentage increase (or decrease) of per capita personal income over the previous five years. Any spending above that would require a declaration of a fiscal emergency by the governor and a three-fifths vote in both chambers of the General Assembly. Any “extra” money would be placed in a rainy day fund or given back to taxpayers.

While House Speaker Michael Madigan’s position is not officially known, the unions have convinced themselves that Madigan will push it next month when the lame duck session resumes. Colorado’s TABOR required voter approval before spending or taxes could rise and was twice watered down in referendum voting. Attempts at passing similar proposals have failed in other states. Illinois may be the only state where a TABOR has Democratic backing.

The assault on public employee unions and government spending is not confined to Illinois, of course. Several other states are considering legislation to undermine the unions. Wisconsin’s new Republican governor-elect wants to get rid of collective bargaining rights for public workers. And New York’s Democratic governor-elect, Andrew Cuomo, has demanded a wage freeze from state employee unions and hinted at major layoffs if he doesn’t get what he wants. Cuomo also wants pension reform, teacher wage cuts and a 2 percent local property tax cap.

The Illinois Senate has been far less receptive to the House’s education reforms and likely will not love the Taxpayers Bill of Rights if it arrives. But the unions point to the big majorities for pension givebacks this year in both chambers and the Senate’s push for business-backed workers compensation and Medicaid reforms, so they aren’t taking any chances.

Unlike New York, where Cuomo courted trade unions during the campaign and tended to ignore the public employee/teachers unions, Gov. Pat Quinn heavily courted all sectors of organized labor and received gigantic contributions from pretty much everybody. Quinn, the unions believe, could be the ultimate “stopper.”

But if these and potentially other reforms are used by legislative Democrats to pry loose Republican votes for a tax hike, Quinn may have no choice but to climb on board and bite the hands which fed him so well this year.

So far, the House Republicans appear to be a bit more receptive to Democratic outreach than they were even a few weeks ago. The odds are still stacked against it, but if the Democrats keep moving rightward, the Republicans might (emphasis on “might”) possibly release a few votes for a tax hike.

* Related…

* Chicago schools confront an uncertain future

* New 2011 laws affect politics, speeders, pet shops

* SURS change will affect only new hires

* Next phase of Wacker construction set to start

- Posted by Rich Miller   Comments Off      


PREVIOUS POSTS »
* Today's number: 601
* Six Repubs break with Rauner
* Chicago finally talking about putting some real skin into the game
* IllinoisGO belatedly weighs in
* It's not all on Dunkin
* Caption contest!
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Rauner react
* Organized labor's response
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Canyon Smart Bike Computer brings power of Android to cycling
        * [TA Deals] MOTA 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub for $18, save 35%
        * Get 15 hours of non-stop music listening with Bose Soundlink II
        * Google’s New Street View App Lets You Browse 360-Degree Imagery, Share Your Own Panoramic Photos
        * LG’s new Nexus phone tipped to launch as the affordable Nexus 5X
        * Skype Updates iOS and Android Apps With New Design, Improved Messaging, and Enhanced Search
        * Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 to use new Kryo CPU cores

        * Alexei Ramirez at center of White Sox' uncertain offseason outlook
        * Rodon sharp over 6, but offense falls flat
        * Twins 3, White Sox 0: No touching Tommy
        * White Sox arms of the future up to the task vs. Sano
        * Rodon sharp over 6, but offense falls flat
        * Montas returns with a much-improved slider
        * Back at short, Saladino looks to find niche with Sox

        ...............


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        September 2015
        August 2015
        July 2015
        June 2015
        May 2015
        April 2015
        March 2015
        February 2015
        January 2015
        December 2014
        November 2014
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * East Illinois village considers allowing coyote hunts
        * 11-year-old accidentally shot dead at Chicago home
        * American Coal Co. lays off 110 workers at Galatia mine
        * EXCHANGE: Schaumburg teen's dental visit changes state law
        * Former Woodstock middle school principal accused of theft
        * Chicago sprays for mosquitoes to fight West Nile virus
        * Wheaton lawyer accused of bilking estates of clients
        * Will County seeing record year for wildlife with rabies
        * Rauner wins labor fight; Illinois House fails override
        * Illinois authorities searching for escaped prisoner

        * Illinois House comes up 3 votes shy of overriding union arbitration bill
        * Bill to stop Illinois State Museum closure advances in House
        * Override effort on union arbitration bill fails in House
        * Legionnaires' disease cases rise at Quincy veterans home
        * Union arbitration override fails in House
        * Illinois House Democrats seek to override Gov. Rauner on union arbitration
        * Veto override vote looms in Illinois House
        * All Democrats present as veto override vote looms in Illinois House
        * Illinois House faces crucial vote on union arbitration bill
        * United Way advance keeps Helping Hands shelter open as state budget impasse continues

        * Skyway drivers, rev your engines: The Labor Day toll booth strike is off
        * Will more McMuffins mean more expensive eggs?
        * How has Chicago prepared for an oil train derailment?
        * Mattress startup Casper takes aim at Chicago
        * Motor Row Craft Beer & Wine Fest, a fringe theater fest and more


          * Boy, 11, accidentally shot to death had lost father to gun violence
          * Wife remembers slain Fox Lake officer: 'My best friend, my world, my hero, the love of my life'
          * 11 people shot dead, including 11-year-old boy, since late Tuesday in Chicago
          * Woman charged with faking report about suspects in Fox Lake cop killing
          * Emanuel set to call for largest property tax hike in modern Chicago history
          * Security ushers Emanuel away as Dyett protesters take to stage at budget hearing
          * Pope Francis comforts Chicago high school student over loss of her father
          * Rauner prevails on major labor bill as Madigan fails to muster votes


          * Our Opinion: Panhandling deserves a community response
          * Bernard Schoenburg: Ex-Schock aide says he saw red flags
          * Norbert Brauer: Trans Pacific Partnership a secretive, one-sided deal
          * George Will: The blood-stained Indian Child Welfare Act
          * Eugene Robinson: Digging a hole to build a wall
          * Illinois House comes up 3 votes shy of overriding union arbitration bill
          * Bill to stop Illinois State Museum closure advances in House
          * Legionnaires' disease cases rise at Quincy veterans home


          * Friday night's not all right with everyone
          * Updated: Johnson won't seek re-election as Vermilion coroner
          * Johnson won't seek re-election as Vermilion coroner
          * Wednesday accident cleared, I-57 fully reopened Thursday
          * 'Functioning addict' sent to prison with recommendation for boot camp in weapon case
          * Former Woodstock middle school principal accused of theft
          * False report jolts investigation into Illinois officer death
          * Clinton camp urged former State Department aide to testify
          * Iran deal will survive in Congress despite GOP opposition
          * Judge lets Brady play, ruling against NFL


          * Patriots QB Tom Brady wins fight against NFL over 'Deflategate'
          * Baylor-SMU Preview Capsule
          * Ohio State: QB Jones 'doing fine' after hospital examination
          * Chuck Long breaks down the Big Ten football season
          * Big cities scramble to be prepared for an oil train disaster

          * House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
          * Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
          * The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
          * Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
          * Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
          * CBD Oil, and politics
          * Simon considering state Senate bid
          * Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
          * Shutdown? State may not notice
          * Rep. Bob Dold

          * Northerly Island Park opens Friday on Chic......

          * Sen. Kirk calls attention to International......

          * Head ‘Back to School’ with IAR educational programs
          * Morning Minute: Latest Beige Book shows economic growth in many regions of the U.S. this summer
          * Local TV Notes: Chicago Sons
          * The [Thursday] Papers
          * Chicago southeast side group sets up pet coke exposure text alerts
          * Rauner wins SB 1229 battle with help of three House Democrats
          * I Am A Retail Warrior: I Am Not Your Friend
          * The World's Wooliest Sheep
          * The Weekend In Chicago Rock
          * Hey Ya: Young Poets Break It Down


          * Statement on SB 1229
          * Legionnaires’ Disease Cases in Quincy
          * Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak at Illinois Veterans’ Home-Quincy Update
          * Governor Bruce Rauner Proclaims Workforce Development Week
          * Veteran Spouse Ada Ruth Cripps Honored As The IDVA Volunteer of the Year




              Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller