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Time now for another edition of “Fractured Fairy Tales”

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014

* Bruce Rauner was asked yesterday whether he thought that education should receive more money from the state. His response

“I do believe it should have a higher percentage coming from the state, yes I do.”

* He also said this

“We should have billions of dollars every year as part of our budget process…(to) maintain and expand our infrastructure,” Rauner said.

Rauner said he can do this by ending diversions from the Road Fund. However

The state puts gasoline taxes and vehicle fees into the road fund. Last year, a state audit found that $1.5 billion was diverted from the road in the 2012 budget year. Auditors, however, cited as diversions such items as $419 million in debt payments to cover previous construction projects as well as millions of dollars more salaries and benefits for workers involved in related project work.

In addition, $26 million in subsidies for the state’s Amtrak routes and nearly $18 million for the Regional Transportation Authority to cover reduced fares came out of the road fund that year.

* And, of course, there was his pledge this month to increase funding for IDNR.

And he’s gonna do all that how? By slashing taxes, of course.

Right.

Tell me another fairy tale.

- Posted by Rich Miller   59 Comments      


Rodney Davis launches first TV ad of the fall campaign

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014

* His opponent is already on the air. Announcement…

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis’ (R-Ill.) campaign today released its first television ad for the 2014 general election.

The ad, titled “Coach”, once again features Davis’ football team, the same players, including his twin boys, he’s been coaching for nearly 10 years. In the ad, Davis talks about his success in coaching a winning football team at home, and the need to change Washington to get things done for the families of central and southwestern Illinois.

In Washington, Rep. Davis is a part of the No Labels Problem Solvers and has been named to the “Governing Caucus”, a coalition of 30 House Republicans willing to join a majority of House Democrats to pass major legislation, by the National Journal. Additionally, in the National Journal’s 2013 Vote Ratings, Davis was ranked the 220th most liberal and the 212th most conservative House member.

The ad begins today.

* Ad

* Script…

I’m Rodney Davis.

As your Congressman, I’ve had the honor of being part of a team that’s working hard, and getting results.

I’m of course talking about the football team I coach when I’m home every weekend. Go Tornadoes!

As far as DC goes, the only thing they’re good at is creating problems.

I’m working to change that…

…to get things done for hardworking taxpayers…and the next generation.

- Posted by Rich Miller   22 Comments      


*** UPDATED x2 Stock pics - Rauner responds *** Rate Gov. Quinn’s new TV ad

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014

* From a press release…

Just in time for Labor Day weekend, Quinn for Illinois released a new television ad highlighting Republican billionaire Bruce Rauner’s cruel proposal to cut the minimum wage, which would take $2,000 dollars a year out of the pockets of workers. The new ad hits airwaves this morning.

“What kind of man would do that?” the narrator asks.

The answer is Rauner, who during the Republican primary proposed a $1-per-hour cut to the state’s minimum wage, which he said would make Illinois “competitive.”

Using business practices that included massive layoffs, outsourcing jobs overseas and even outright fraud, Mr. Rauner has amassed incredible riches, including $53 million in 2012 alone.

* The ad

Working on getting the script.

*** UPDATE 1 *** Rauner campaign response…

Pat Quinn released a new television advertisement today falsely claiming that Bruce Rauner wants to cut the minimum wage.

Fact Check:
Bruce Rauner’s Jobs and Growth Plan includes a component on how to raise the minimum wage:

    “Rauner Reforms: To provide working families and teens relief from Pat Quinn’s economic policies, the state of Illinois should implement a phased-in minimum wage increase, coupled with workers’ compensation and lawsuit reforms to bring down employer costs.This strategy will ensure that businesses can succeed while at the same time providing more economic opportunity for thousands of Illinois residents.” (Bring Back Blueprint: Jobs and Growth Agenda, p17)

The Chicago Tribune published an op-ed written by Bruce Rauner on how to raise the minimum wage:

    Raising the national minimum wage would raise the level in Illinois and in our neighboring states, eliminating our competitive disadvantage. I support that.
    Without action from Washington, I would favor increasing Illinois’ minimum wage if we also adopt creative solutions to avoid further damage to our state’s already shattered business climate. That can be done by providing incentives to small businesses to help offset the added costs. It can be done through workers’ compensation reform, tort reform and elimination of other impediments to job growth. (Bruce Rauner, “How to Raise the Minimum Wage,” Chicago Tribune, 1/9/14)

*** UPDATE 2 *** Man, Rauner really has a lot of extra staff…

Looks like Quinn both “outsourced” his stock photos to other states and Canada and used people who don’t have minimum wage jobs (server room technician)

Woman at coffee shop: http://www.gettyimages.ca/detail/photo/coffee-shop-and-cafe-in-high-falls-called-the-last-royalty-free-image/164420051 NOTE: this photo is from a coffee shop in High Falls, NY

Man in front of computers: http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/photo/proud-server-room-technician-high-res-stock-photography/488217717
Photographer is Seattle based http://www.jettaproductions.com/models
“We shoot on location in the Seattle/Tacoma/Kitsap Peninsula areas”

Cashier at hardware store: http://www.istockphoto.com/photo/cashier-at-hardware-store-15121609
Photographer is Canadian: http://www.istockphoto.com/profile/lsophoto

Woman behind reception desk: http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/photo/portrait-of-woman-behind-reception-desk-high-res-stock-photography/140967517
Photographer is from NYC: http://www.allisonmichaelorenstein.com/#/profile

- Posted by Rich Miller   63 Comments      


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