“It’s not my job”
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
* At about the 2:30 mark in a YouTube video uploaded this morning by the Bruce Rauner campaign, WTTW’s Phil Ponce asks reporter Paris Schutz if Rauner has yet come up with an alternative plan to making the income tax hike permanent. Schutz’s response…
* So, which is it? Either he doesn’t have a plan or he has one and he’s waiting until after session ends.
I asked Rauner’s spokesman for a clarification…
* But why wait?
I mean, if the tax hike is so bad, if it hurts the economy so much, then why make Illinoisans wait until next year to get rid of it?
If Rauner really does have some ideas, isn’t now the time to lay them out, before the Legislature has adjourned?
* The Rauner campaign’s response to this notion…
* Look, I totally get the politics here. There’s no good political reason to jump into a self-made train wreck like this Democrats-only tax hike debate.
And it is their job, not his at the moment, to craft a solution to this vexing problem.
But he is a life-long citizen of Illinois. And he has loudly and bitterly complained for well over a year about how the tax hike is killing Illinois and driving away businesses and families. If he has some ideas for dealing with this awful mess, shouldn’t he try to help his state?