That’s probably the best advice Rauner has been given in the last year. The problem is Rauner doesn’t appear to know what’s good advice when he sees it. All he knows is that he wants Unions to go away and that’s the principal reason why we don’t have a budget.
Do Rauner’s people have a plan B after Scalia’s death? it was more likely than not that scotus would ultimately take care of public unions for him if the ga wouldn’t when scalia was alive but what now? have rauner’s people gamed out anything here besides doing nothing?
Joe M- They need to tell him with their VOTES. Otherwise, it doesn’t matter, because advice (verbal or written) does not matter to Rauner. There are no consequences for him at all. No recall. No impeachment. No investigations. Nothin’, and he knows this. So, the GA has to take control, and that includes Republicans realizing that Franks advice applies to them as well.
All the House and Senate need to do to drive that message home is override the (expected) veto of SB580. AFSCME would get a contract in short order and the other unions would follow. It would end up being something that no one would be thrilled with (called a compromise) it would show the way forward from this dark place that we are at.
You would have thought. Especially when the universities started having problems. Why the GOP Solons with universities in the district have stuck with Rauner this long amazes me. Obviously, the political slush fund meant more than the needs of their district. Finally, Phillips gets it - although in a little ham-handed way. Hopefully, Righter will vote the same way in the Senate.
The ILGA needs to take a lesson from Maine’s legislature. Maine is also “blessed” with a less-than-sensible governor. The good folks there have learned to work around him.
From last June:
“Nearly as fast as Republican Gov. Paul LePage can sign veto letters, lawmakers are overturning them. It’s putting LePage on pace for another entry in Maine’s political record books: the most overturned governor in state history.”
Franks needs to back up his talk with action. He sat out HB 2990. If Rauner doesn’t smarten up and start negotiating, HB 2990 will put a monkey wrench in Rauner’s hostage taking. Presuming it passes the Senate, then Franks needs to vote for the override.
- Well then it's done! - Friday, Mar 4, 16 @ 4:13 pm:
With insight like that, it’s no wonder that members on both sides wait for Jack Franks’ direction, and then immediately fall in line with it. Both the Gov and the Speaker will be working night and day to resolve this, now that Franks has spoken. Whew - I was really worried too.
Wordslinger has been beating the “squeeze the beast” drum for a couple of weeks now, and it deserves to be taken seriously. Sure, busting unions would be great, but the Rauner administration would also consider wrecking government, crippling it with debt, forcing programs and institutions to shutdown (or as Leader Radono says it, “shakeout”), and keeping taxes where they are a win, too.
Horrifying to contemplate, but urging Rauner to give up union busting as unrealistic assumes that’s the only objective.