* I told subscribers about these ads earlier today. From a press release…
State Solutions, an affiliate of the Republican Governors Association, launched a new television and digital advertisement effort today in Illinois, highlighting Governor Bruce Rauner’s push to balance the budget, reform government and improve the state by capping spending, freezing property taxes, creating term limits on politicians and adding jobs. […]
“Governor Rauner is working hard to enact a balanced budget that protects taxpayers and grows jobs,” said State Solutions spokesman Jon Thompson. “The same duct tape solutions - higher taxes, more spending and no real reforms - that Illinois politicians have used in the past won’t fix the state. It’s time for a true spending cap, a real property tax freeze, and reforms to repair the state’s broken political system and add jobs.”
Illinois Working Together Campaign Director Jake Lewis released the following statement in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s new television ads:
“Governor Rauner’s new television ad blitz is just another reminder of the governor’s wrong priorities, putting political games ahead of getting the job done for the people of Illinois. Not only has Rauner never passed a budget, the most basic responsibility for any governor, but he has never even proposed a balanced budget as required by the Illinois constitution. Rauner’s “balanced budget” claims have already been deemed “pants-on-fire” false by Politifact Illinois.
“What Rauner fails to mention in his ads are his accomplishments in more than two years as governor — because he has none. Rauner’s wrong priorities have resulted in disruptions to school funding, cuts to services for seniors, and an Illinois economy hobbled by uncertainty. Enough with the political games, governor. Do your job.”
I hope and believe that messaging to the people of Illinois about what’s going on and what’s at stake will help us get an agreement in the General Assembly, help us get a balanced budget with structural changes to grow jobs, protect our taxpayers, get term limits.
I think it’s very important that the people of Illinois understand what’s going on, they understand what’s at stake and I’ve personally worked hard in my role to communicate with the people of Illinois. I’ve done it directly by going to meet with people around the state in groups of from two to two thousand, to talk with them about what’s at stake. I’ve met with you, members of the media on a pretty regular basis to talk about what’s going on and what’s important and asking you to communicate back to the people of Illinois. I’ve used social media, tried to use social media to communicate the important issues that’s going on in the state of Illinois.
And now, and from time to time, we have used and we will use paid media to communicate to the people of Illinois what’s importantly at stake, the changes to fix the broken system that we’re advocating, term limits and property tax freeze and balanced budgets with more jobs. We can’t tax our way out of our problems, we gotta grow. We need regulatory changes to be competitive and grow jobs. It’s important that the people of Illinois understand what we’re working for and that’s what we’re trying to do is help them understand.
===State Solutions, an affiliate of the Republican Governors Association, launched a new television and digital advertisement effort today in Illinois…===
This isn’t even Bruce spending his own money… in March… of 2017.
When Kennedy broke the cap, and in that contested primary on that side, Rauner will be on the air consistently and relentlessly… still proposing, mind you, because Rauner has such little accomplished as a governor, including the fundamental, a budget.
Rauner polling at 58% negative, in reality, Rauner has a whole year to swamp, not only the Dems, but swamp the #DoYourJob meme, because Dems these past two years have been “owned” by Rauner, and Rauner’s vertical integration in media.
If I’m Rauner, why would I want to help Leader Radogno. At this point, more destruction the better. The weeks and months of no budget continuing is the passive cuts Rauner won’t own, without a tax increase Rauner won’t sign, and Rauner just needs to win in 2018 to be the person to hold up a map to get more Raunerites.
Until the Dems, and I mean all the Dems realize they are getting throttled by Rauner daily, these ad tactics will continue to roll out, and win, with millions upon millions, from Democrat Diana Rauner too, to take out any Democrat that may be in the ball park to beat Bruce Rauner.
This is complete genius by Rauner’s Crew. This is exactly how Bruce Rauner can pull of a Rod-Style victory, even with Trump in his midterm.
If Dems can’t start getting a collective, and I mean collective “anyone but Rauner” thought and ingrain that into every campaign, every thought, no matter if your candidate wins or loses the nomination… and y’all don’t drag everyone out to vote “anyone but Rauner”, I’ll know it’s the vertical integration, the messaging, the money, that beat back the people hurt by Bruce and Diana Rauner. Purposely.
In any case, not ads I would have spent any money on. Bruce, the citizens of Illinois haven’t forgotten that you’ve been governor for over two years. The folksy “Springfield politicians don’t do nothin’ but spend yer money!” doesn’t work any more
Illinois is ranked 40th in economic health and has been so for some time
Kansas is 31st
I don’t get the connection with Kansas. Has the Governor advocated cutting income taxes? No he is for passing a tax increase with reforms. Not in the same ball park as Kansas no matter what they tell you in the AFSCME meetings.
We are tied with West Virginia for having the second highest unemployment in America
See any reason for any reforms that would help employers expand here and hire more Illinois workers?
>See any reason for any reforms that would help employers expand here and hire more Illinois workers?
Lucky, I agree that we can make changes to improve our business climate. But I think that a stable, balanced budget will do more to improve our economic climate than any reform. Duct tape is really awesome and can hold things together without letting them get worse, creating more damage and much more expensive repairs. Rauner might be better suited to be our governor when it’s time to improve things, but we need someone who can stop the bleeding.
It’s odd to open with the assertion that the Governor is working hard to get a balanced budget that protects taxpayers and grows jobs.
That is literally the opposite of what he’s actually done as Governor. He failed to propose a balanced budget one, two, then three times. His proposed budget cuts, his administrative cuts, and the effective cuts resulting from the lack of a budget have had devastating impacts on working families. Hundreds of social service providers have lost jobs statewide.
To Lucky– if you’re genuinely confused about why folks draw parallels between Kansas and Illinois, a great place to start is by looking at who Rauner brought in right off the bat to slash budget spread sheets. It was Donna Arduin, as in, Arther Laffer’s Donna Arduin.
For more context, here’s a piece from the Atlantic that might help you further understand why people draw the comparison: https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/03/state-budget-crisis/473157/
If you really do not think reforms in the way that Illinois treats business and taxpayers in this State are needed then you really have not been paying attention for the last few decades. And you definitely have not been listening to business leaders as they move all or part of their businesses out of state. Raising taxes for those three years didn’t grow the economy in comparison to the surrounding states but it did take an extra $2500 a year out of my family household budget.
===If you really do not think reforms in the way that Illinois treats business and taxpayers in this State are needed then you really have not been paying attention for the last few decades===
1) You don’t get this talking point with Rauner’s 3 grossly unbalanced, phony, unbalanced budgets.
2) The measurable returns, according to Rauner’s own numbers were only increasing illinois’ budgetary return 1.4% or $500 million, not nearly enough to even be in the ball park of positive measurable returns
3) Revenue is required. It’s not up for discussion, it’s not up for debate. To hold an entire state hostage for an absolute requirement that hinges on a want, that’s Rauner destroying Illinois, today, now, real-time… not “decades”.
===Raising taxes for those three years didn’t grow the economy in comparison to the surrounding states but it did take an extra $2500 a year out of my family household budget.===
>If you really do not think reforms in the way that Illinois treats business and taxpayers in this State are needed
I agree with you that we can make changes to improve our business climate. I think we’re piling on debt like crazy and putting strain on all the Illinois businesses who do work for our state and I think the first thing to be done is stop the bleeding with a stable, balanced budget. It doesn’t have to stop there, but we’ll stop digging the hold deeper and need even worse medicine to get things to a stable point from which we can work on improvements.
==If you really do not think reforms in the way that Illinois treats business and taxpayers in this State are needed==
You’ll knock that strawman down eventually, Arock!
The problem with this line of argument is that Rauner’s reforms won’t work and he’s proven singularly inept at enacting them. So, sure, Illinois needs reform. And Rauner has proven he can’t deliver it.
If Rauner is allowed to continue, ARock, you may have to reminisce about that 5% tax rate. As the impasse continues, bills are piling up and state borrowing is getting more expensive. Rauner is sticking Illinois taxpayers with a massive debt and for what, term limits? Rauner could have done doable business reforms and started Illinois on the path to recovery, but has chosen to do nothing.
==I will not vote for a candidate who thinks they can defeat Rauner by tying him to Trump or Koch. Rauner has earned every nasty fact that can be thrown at him. Don’t make this about anyone but Rauner.==
I get that sentiment. At the same time, it’s hard for people to understand the impact of state level policy making on their lives. The national picture is very obvious to people because it takes up gobs of time on broadcast and cable tv (especially now.) I don’t see anything wrong with connecting those dots for people so they understand that if they’re pissed off about what Trump has done to the country, Rauner did it first to Illinois. Look no further than cuts to Meals on Wheels, after school programs, and immigrant and refugee programs for proof of that.
It wouldn’t be great to have that as the only message because Rauner has actually done significantly more damage to Illinois than Trump has and you’d be leaving all that out, but I think it’s worth making that local-national connection for people.
I think the made up workshop where everything is neatly arranged and there is not a speck of saw dust or dirt (it actually shines) is the perfect metaphor for this governor as it is clear its is a phony prop, and he hasn’t done a lick of work there.
There is no denying that Madigan polls 2% lower than Rauner and has been unpopular for many years.
But Rauner is being criticized by a number of persons and he can’t deflect all of that against Madigan. If Rauner were a wise politician and he has proven many times he isn’t, he would try to make peace with the GA and Chicago and set his sites on the next remapping.
But the guy is too hard headed to even listen to former Governors, so I suspect he will continue on his present course. And I think the present course will be a tough sell to voters.
Emily Miller. I see you are a frequent commentator, and understand many think you and your organization do great work. I do not know that to be a fact, but since so many write it, I will take it as true. Your 11;39 post seemed a bit political, so I googled Voices for Children. I noticed the second paragraph lobbies for an increase in revenue to cover state pension costs. I thought that odd and out of place.
So, I attempted to locate if you are a state employee and your salary. I mustn’t be good at googling, because I came up empty or your not employed by the state.
In most cases this is none of any ones business, but in light of your politicing(and you are entitled to), I thought it relevant to some of your lobbying.