SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Specifics, please

Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014

* Madeleine Doubek

The frustrating part of this election year is that few politicians are willing to commit to details that could come back to haunt them. Give Quinn credit for announcing he wants to go back on his word, change the law, and raise taxes to 5 percent. Yet neither he nor Republican challenger Bruce Rauner nor anyone else is giving any of us much detail about how we might create more jobs or live within the 3.75 percent tax rate Democrats passed into law in 2011.

Actually, Gov. Quinn has detailed what would happen if the income tax hike is allowed to expire. It’s all right here.

* What frustrates me so much about the governor is he keeps talking about tons of new spending, like the $700 million net annual cost of sending property owners a $500 check before election day, and every year thereafter.

And then there’s this

Gov. Pat Quinn [yesterday] dangled a possible replacement to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to raise property taxes to restructure two Chicago pension funds: give the city a bigger cut of state income taxes. […]

Mr. Quinn did not discuss how to fund the move given his prior ideas to boost aid to education, pay off state bills, and hand each homeowner an annual $250-a-year state property tax “refund.”

But Mr. Quinn left little doubt in his remarks to the City Club and in answering reporters’ questions that he thinks a deal is available that would be good for him and the mayor, as well as for suburban communities which face their own woes paying for pensions. […]

Until the “temporary” income-tax hike went into effect in 2011, local municipalities received an automatic 10 percent cut of all state income-taxes raised from their residents. That was not the case with the incremental $7 billion or so a year the state gets from the “temporary” income-tax hike.

If the traditional 10 percent share were applied to the entire proposed permanent income-tax hike, Chicago alone would net $140 million to $150 million a year, according to a revised rough estimate by Laurence Msall, president of the Civic Federation.

Subscribers know more about how Quinn plans to pay for some of this.

But time is fast running out on the spring session. And legislators who are already nervous about voting to make the tax hike permanent before an election may not be amenable to new revenue streams.

* The truth is that Mayor Emanuel badly botched his pension reform bill. He negotiated an agreement with the unions which included a state-mandated local property tax hike without first checking with anybody to see if it could pass the General Assembly or be signed into law. As it turned out, the plan was dead before the ink was dry on the proposal.

And now Quinn is in a huge bind because he’s claiming that Rauner will raise property taxes with his proposed budget cuts.

But that doesn’t give Quinn an excuse to wish into existence magic budget dust.

So, yeah, Rauner is definitely guilty of running away from all specifics. But Quinn can’t continue to hammer his opponent while also refusing to specify how he plans to address this local pension funding issue.

And if he is “open” to discussions, it’s past time that he got those talks off the ground.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


17 Comments
  1. - RNUG - Tuesday, Apr 29, 14 @ 12:02 pm:

    When he’s spelling out the specifics, I hope he includes a pair of plans, one of which deals with how to pay the pensions if / when the State loses in court.


  2. - From the 'Dale to HP - Tuesday, Apr 29, 14 @ 12:03 pm:

    So why can’t Quinn put this back on Rahm (or Daley*)? But connect the dots between Rauner+Rahm, it’s not like Rahm has a GOTV organization that will help Quinn in November. It can’t be that hard to put this on Rahm, and I’m sure the CTU can give him a few pointers…

    *Putting it on Daley obviously would upset Chicagoans more than Rahm imo and you can’t connect RMD to Rauner as easily. But it’s a thought.


  3. - Formerly Known As... - Tuesday, Apr 29, 14 @ 12:05 pm:

    While Rauner is using the advantages of being a challenger and forcing Quinn to run on his record, his lack of specifics are infuriating.

    Even more infuriating is the Quinn mentality of pretending like we can still just “pay” for things without actually determining where the money will come from in a zero-sum landscape. The cookie jar is suddenly empty, folks. Adapt or fade away.

    And if those things are infuriating, then Rahm’s actions on the pension bill are downright befuddling. He couldn’t even lift the phone to make a few calls and work on his own behalf? You’re expecting these legislators to fall on their swords for you… without even asking them to? Crazy.


  4. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Apr 29, 14 @ 12:27 pm:

    Quinn has only been specific in presenting reasons he hasn’t been able to do his job. He wants voters to believe that he couldn’t be an effective governor because of budget restraints.

    It is this political reason Quinn has been making his claim that we have to have the sunset on his lame duck income tax scam repealed.

    It is his excuse-du-campaign. Take that away and you got a governor in office for over five years that couldn’t be any more vague on state budget issues and how they are to be addressed than any of the CapFax bloggers.


  5. - Percival - Tuesday, Apr 29, 14 @ 12:30 pm:

    Specifics are dangerous when you are selling the premise that 2 plus 2 equals 6 1/2.


  6. - Chicago Cynic - Tuesday, Apr 29, 14 @ 1:02 pm:

    I thought yesterday’s proposal was bizarre. Look - free money. Yes, of course every Aldermen thinks it’s swell, but you’ve just blown an even bigger hole in the state budget. I don’t get it. Maybe some PQ partisan can explain it to me - the math, not the politics.


  7. - Walker - Tuesday, Apr 29, 14 @ 1:10 pm:

    @VMan: When complaining about commenters who cannot provide any details on solutions to our fiscal problems, you’re speaking about yourself of course.


  8. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Apr 29, 14 @ 1:20 pm:

    –Yet neither he nor Republican challenger Bruce Rauner nor anyone else is giving any of us much detail about how we might create more jobs or live within the 3.75 percent tax rate Democrats passed into law in 2011.–

    The fantasy of state government creating jobs through the budget continues. How does that happen, exactly, except through increased spending?


  9. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Apr 29, 14 @ 1:45 pm:

    Gee, I don’t know.
    Who should give voters more specifics on where he wants the state to go on budget issues, a governor running for re-election, OR ME?

    According to you - me?

    That is crazy.


  10. - cover - Tuesday, Apr 29, 14 @ 1:56 pm:

    RNUG, the Governor’s budget proposal funds the pension contributions at the same level as if the pension reform bill had not passed. (There are future savings assumed in his 5-year plan, if I remember correctly.) I believe Speaker Madigan also suggested that the House follow the same practice in its budget plan, whenever it’s presented.

    Even if the courts eventually rule in favor of the pension reform law, it’s probably prudent for the powers-that-be to assume that, due to the lawsuits, the reform law won’t provide any savings to the state during fiscal year 2015. And as you have frequently pointed out here, there won’t be any savings at all if the law is overturned.


  11. - Anon - Tuesday, Apr 29, 14 @ 2:27 pm:

    Here’s the difference I see between Quinn and Rauner. One of them is telling the public he wants to raise taxes (by making permanent the temporary hike)before the election. The other one isn’t saying what he will do. It’s a safe bet that both will raise taxes one way or another. Only one candidate admits it.


  12. - Formerly Known As... - Tuesday, Apr 29, 14 @ 2:42 pm:

    == The fantasy of state government creating jobs through the budget continues. How does that happen, exactly, except through increased spending? ==

    Is someone claiming that decreased state spending will lead to more state government jobs? Who is having this “fantasy”?

    It seems pretty well established that decreasing the state government budget leads to a decrease in state government jobs, and vice-versa.


  13. - A guy... - Tuesday, Apr 29, 14 @ 2:45 pm:

    ==== Anon - Tuesday, Apr 29, 14 @ 2:27 pm:

    Here’s the difference I see between Quinn and Rauner. One of them is telling the public he wants to raise taxes (by making permanent the temporary hike)before the election. The other one isn’t saying what he will do. It’s a safe bet that both will raise taxes one way or another. Only one candidate admits it.====

    The one you say “admits it” is the same one who hung onto the notion of it being temporary for quite some time, you know, til like pretty lately. How many times does your lover get to spurn you?

    I think you were calling out PQ for telling the truth, right? It’s just hard to tell when it’s actually the truth. I don’t think he lies on purpose, I just think he doesn’t know what the truth is. It’s a competency issue. He’s a nice man, but he defines incompetence. He’s having to explain something away almost daily now.


  14. - Anon - Tuesday, Apr 29, 14 @ 2:54 pm:

    A guy

    Like your candidate, you provide no information about his position on new revenue. Do you believe if elected he will oppose any and all tax and fee hikes for the next four years?


  15. - Formerly Known As... - Tuesday, Apr 29, 14 @ 2:59 pm:

    Admits it? The same person who admitted that a 1% increase would protect education, got 2% and then cut education anyhow?

    Please hold off on praising either one of these gents for their honesty.


  16. - Anon - Tuesday, Apr 29, 14 @ 3:42 pm:

    One candidate tells voters well before the election he wants to make the tax hike permanent, while the other opposes that proposal but hasn’t told us what he does support. Equal candor? Hardly.


  17. - RNUG - Tuesday, Apr 29, 14 @ 4:59 pm:

    - cover - Tuesday, Apr 29, 14 @ 1:56 pm:

    Yes re FY2015. There are a lot of things I don’t like about Quinn, but he has always made the pension payments.

    I was assuming Quinn would be laying out a plan for his next four year term. I just want those plans (FY16-19) to include both scenarios.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Another anti-Dunkin mailer hits, but criticized as "political lynching"
* One of three alleged Dunkin victims recants
* Reader comments closed for the holiday weekend
* Question of the day
* *** UPDATED x2 *** SUBSCRIBERS ONLY: 130-page oppo dump on Rep. Ken Dunkin's past
* Hey, he's just doin' what he said he'd do
* This Just In: Exelon Announces More $$$$ For Shareholders, Higher 2015 Profits And Still Seeks Bailout
* "Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please"
* *** UPDATED x2 - Stratton responds - IllinoisGO checking the facts *** "Mug shot" mailer hits Ken Dunkin
* Credit Unions – A Smarter Choice!
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Money, Endorsements, Muñoz, Farnham
* *** UPDATED x1 *** State to close Kewanee youth center
* Today's political videos
* *** UPDATED x2 - Duckworth doubles down - But what about Kirk's Rahm endorsement? *** Because... Rahm!
* As expected, Rauner endorses McCann opponent
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Dunkin mailers, Alvarez poll results and xtabs, etc.
* Pot, meet kettle
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* 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

  
* Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 review
* Imagining Snapchat’s Future
* What is the least important smartphone feature?
* More renders of the Galaxy S7 Edge leak, shows off all three colors
* RCA Mercury 7 Pro review
* Retailers now selling Samsung’s Galaxy View for $449
* Here’s how to get Twitter’s Best Tweets on your timeline

* White Sox Top 10 Prospects for 2016: Part Two
* Top Sox prospects to compete for jobs in camp
* White Sox Top 10 Prospects for 2016: Part One
* White Sox reportedly considering Desmond
* White Sox reportedly in on Desmond
* Lefty-heavy rotation not a concern
* White Sox' deal with Mat Latos makes sense to everybody

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


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

Archives
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
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


* Obama re-ignites fight over drawing Illinois' p.....
* Obama re-ignites fight over drawing Illinois' p.....
* Tom Kacich: Rauner's recollections may be a lit.....
* Without budget in place, Rauner to propose next.....


* Obama re-ignites fight over drawing Illinois' political maps
* Chicago resurrects idea of express train to O'Hare
* Illinois woman sentenced for health care fraud
* Decision delayed on central Illinois National Guard armory
* Water monitors to test quality of Bloomington lakes
* Chicago police officer involved in Koschman case quits
* Suburban school district forms transgender access policy
* DeKalb High School band to perform in Ireland parade
* Voter registration deadline ahead for March 15 primary
* Granite City man convicted of murder in 21-month old's death

* American Legion, others pay homage to Abraham Lincoln
* American Legion, others pay homage to 16th president
* Illinois roads could benefit from potential $84.7 million windfall
* Gov. Rauner endorses Bryce Benton in Illinois Senate race
* Ray LaHood, NPR host among Order of Lincoln award winners
* Rauner closing youth correctional facility in Kewanee
* $45M and counting for $315M rail consolidation project
* Lawmakers making second attempt to send AFSCME talks to arbitrator
* President Obama returns to his political roots, connects with past friends, supporters
* Bill aims to create foundation to raise private money for state fairgrounds

* U.S. Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia dies
* All about that base
* Even large firms are cutting landlines
* This is Chicago's best-performing REIT
* The Chicago stocks you've never heard of


* Dear Abby: Married 3 months, they’re each other’s valentines
* Georgia Nicols horoscopes for Feb. 14
* Sweet: Scalia’s death ups the ante in GOP debate
* Marian Hossa suffers apparent leg injury
* Blackhawks shake up bottom six in effort to get offense going
* Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dead at 79
* The woman at the center of Rahm Emanuel’s efforts to reform the police
* Chicago dietitian tops ABC’s ‘My Diet Is Better Than Yours,’ plus more health news
* THE WATCHDOGS: CTA execs ride the pension express
* Ryan Garbutt proving to be a better fit in Anaheim than in Chicago


* Archdiocese to close St. Adalbert, reorganize five other Pilsen parishes
* Police: Man runs over, kills his father, hurts 2 family members
* 4 hurt after car hits pole on Northwest Side
* 3 dead, 7 wounded in separate shootings
* 1 dead, 2 hurt in shootings
* Police: Pair try to lure 2 girls near Belmont Central school
* Train trestle fire near New Orleans doused, Amtrak route from Chicago cut
* Man held on $2M bail after scalding boy, 1
* Island Lake man killed in Route 59 crash
* Scalia remembered locally for his belief in original intent of 'Founding Fathers'


* Angie Muhs: Covering a presidential visit exciting, unpredictable
* Statehouse Insider: Obama speech impact lasted, oh, about 20 hours
* Bernard Schoenburg: PAC backing Bryce Benton hits hard with anti-Sam McCann ads
* Charles Krauthammer: Sanders and Trump: Magic sells
* John Comerford: Fundraising is more fun than you might think
* American Legion, others pay homage to Abraham Lincoln
* American Legion, others pay homage to 16th president
* Illinois roads could benefit from potential $84.7 million windfall
* Gov. Rauner endorses Bryce Benton in Illinois Senate race
* Ray LaHood, NPR host among Order of Lincoln award winners


* Alice B. McGinty: A few more award winners to enjoy
* Building permits, Feb. 14, 2016
* George Will: The progressives' itch to regulate speech
* Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come
* Susan McKinney: 'Crooked House' hard to put down
* Business listings, Feb. 14, 2016
* Don Follis: Top Valentine's Day secrets are anchored in love
* Library events, Feb. 14-21, 2016
* A spin on the Grammys
* Wired In: Ben Newell


* Liverpool thrashes last-place Villa 6-0 in Premier League
* Multiple crises challenge European Union before summit
* The Latest: France calls on Syria to halt airstrikes
* The Latest: Mexicans cheer as refreshed pope heads for Mass
* Vinci beats Bencic to win St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy

* 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

* Letter: Thanks to US Senators for support ......

* Letter: Thanks to US Senators for support ......

* BREAKING: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dies after hunting trip in Texas
* Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dies after hunting trip in Texas
* Random Thoughts. The Sun-Times turns on Rauner.
* Random Thoughts. Scalia is still dead and he took Friedrichs with him.
* The Changing Of The Guard
* Ken Dunkin. Great moments in Illinois politics.
* Sunday posts, pics and tweets.
* Janet Mahoney interviewed on NTNM
* Judge Anna Loftus interviewed on NTNM
* Deidre Baumann interviewed on NTNM


* Emergency Management Officials, National Weather Service Encourage Winter Preparedness - November is Winter Weather Preparedness Month in Illinois
* Keep Your Family Safe This Winter - November through February are leading months for carbon monoxide related incidents
* Governor Takes Bill Action
* Illinois Department of Labor Director Hugo Chaviano Awards Governor’s Award for Contributions in Health and Safety to the Illinois Refining Division of Marathon Petroleum Company LP
* State Regulator Elected Treasurer of Interstate Medical Licensure Compact




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