[House Republican Leader Jim Durkin] said his members are “not interested in doing a repeat of 2011, a tax increase that was thrust upon Illinoisans with no strings attached that did not pay one bill.” [Emphasis added.]
I will completely believe Leader Durkin’s position if Leader Durkin can explain how, and what monies, bills were paid to get the 30-Day cycle possible and also explain why the backlog now is so bad outside the lack of a budget that even the governor’s own budget lacks enough revenue to balance.
When math fails your argument, you now make politics the math of the phony(?)
As to the ease of telling, shall we say “alternative facts” from Rauner and Durkin…. When you’re buying drinks for the house all night long, those imbibing tend not to think to the future hangover coming in the morning. Durkin needs to walk away from the bar, get his caucus into cabs, and dry out so they can think a bit clearer for their constituents.
This is what’s odd, you can’t balance the budget without a tax increase and three days from now you can’t pass a tax increase without Republican votes. Yet in an effort to sabotage the current proposal(s) both Rauner and Durkin are aggressively messaging against the elements that will be necessary and that will require their signature/votes in the not too distant future. Political expediency isn’t free, it’s just a deferred payment.
I had a Republican Senator scream at me when I pointed out these very facts that Brian Mackey presents above. I still don’t know if he was mad because I knew the facts or if it was because I had the nerve to use the math on the issue.
Things will never get better until Republicans like Durkin stop this and govern for the betterment of the state; instead of grubbing for Rauner. We are in the worse shape possible and Durkin is spouting nonsense Rainerisms.
I’m grateful that KellyAnne Conway came up with the phrase “alternative facts” because it’s exactly what we’re dealing with from the like of Rauner, Durkin and those singing of the GOP songsheet like LP. There are actual facts and they have been detailed extensively by Civic Fed, Civic Committee, Brian Mackey, Rich, etc.
More tax revenue enabled us to pay our pension payments in full. That took cash that would otherwise have gone to lower the bill backlog further. But our obligations had to be paid. It’s just that simple.