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*** UPDATED x2 *** Rate JB Pritzker’s new TV ad

Friday, Aug 10, 2018

* From the Pritzker campaign…

As JB has said since he decided to run, Illinois’ tax system is unfair and needs to change. JB believes people like him and Bruce Rauner should pay more to help solve the state’s budget problems and fund education while lowering the tax burden on the middle class and those striving to get there. The large majority of states in America have fair tax systems in place and there are many ways to institute one here in Illinois without asking middle class families to pay more.

They also told me that Pritzker does not support Rep. Rob Martwick’s tabled progressive income tax bill that we talked about again yesterday.

* The ad

This appears to be in response to the governor’s new TV ad called “Tax Hiker.”

* Script

Bruce Rauner’s a failure. So, instead of talking about his own record, he distorts mine. When it comes to taxes, Illinois has the most unfair income. tax system in America and. It’s time for that to change.

A fair income tax will raise taxes on people like Bruce Rauner and me to support education and help solve the state’s budget problem while reducing the burden on the middle class. Don’t believe Bruce Rauner’s attacks. Let’s make our tax system fair and bring real change to Illinois.

…Adding… Rauner campaign…

What’s unfair is that JB Pritzker is a tax cheat pushing tax hikes. Pritzker hides his money in the Bahamas to avoid paying income taxes and has ripped toilets out of his mansion to dodge property taxes. It’s unfair to hardworking taxpayers that JB Pritzker plans to raise taxes while dodging his own.

*** UPDATE 1 *** Pritzker’s ad references a study by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. He did the same sort of thing last year and we took a look at it

* There’s a problem with Pritzker’s analysis.

If you look at ITEP’s Illinois analysis [click here], you’ll see that the share of family income going to the state’s personal income tax is actually quite a bit less for the lowest 20 percent of earners than it is for the highest earners. That’s likely because of the Earned Income Tax Credit.

The real culprits are sales and property taxes. The bottom 20 percent pay 7.1 percent of their family income to the sales tax, compared to 0.8 percent for the top 1 percent. And the bottom 20 percent spend 4.9 percent of household income on property taxes, compared to 1.8 percent for the top 1 percent.

So, while he’s right that our tax system is unfair, his solution won’t do anything about the really regressive taxes.

* Then again, this is also from ITEP

    The study, Who Pays?, provides insight into the drivers behind the unfairness encoded into Illinois’ existing tax system. Illinois relies heavily on taxes that are not based on ability to pay, but rather on a flat rate. Further, unlike most other states, Illinois does not have an income tax where taxpayers with higher incomes pay a higher rate and taxpayers with lower incomes pay a lower rate. As a result, the income tax doesn’t bring more balance to the overall tax system by offsetting the higher share of income that poorer taxpayers pay in sales and property taxes.

    One positive aspect of Illinois’ tax system is the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit, which lets low- and moderate-income working families keep more of their earnings to help pay for things that help them keep working, such as child care and transportation. To improve tax fairness in Illinois, lawmakers should increase the value of the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit.

*** UPDATE 2 *** From Rep. Martwick…

Recently, my progressive tax proposal has been the subject of discussion on the blog. In defense of JB Pritzker, I’d like to offer the following: First, my bill was developed in late 2016 and filed in early 2017, long before JB announced his run. My bill was conceived during the height of the budget impasse as I couldn’t believe that we were limping along accumulating $6 billion of debt per year while literally killing people who were denied critical social services. There was not a single proposal to fix any of problems, except for the much panned and silly IPI proposal. Everyone knows that we would have to amend the constitution in order to adopt progressive rates and as such, I had no delusions that my bill was going anywhere. What it was designed to do was begin a discussion about how we could possibly solve our problems by changing the structure of how we raise and spend money. I specifically chose the Wisconsin tax structure because it is the flattest and most predictable of the progressive rates structures, and it is from the state that we are often told to be more like. I used the revenue to fund education, pay down our pension debt, create the biggest property tax decrease in the history of the state, lower property tax rates, and re-invest in higher education and infrastructure. This addressed nearly every major problem we have in Illinois (even our business climate, as lowering property taxes is the single most effective way to improve the bottom line of every single business in our state). My proposal was based on math, the realities of our condition and it addressed problems. In other words, it worked. Does that mean it was the best solution? Not at all. We can debate about that. But it was A solution and it was offered when no one else, especially the Governor, could be bothered with such a task. The Governor and the Republicans demanded to see a rate structure and as soon as one was provided immediately criticized it, and of course they only ever talked about the income tax increase, without ever mentioning the record property tax and sales tax reductions. Now they want to tie my proposal to JB and that is nothing short of deceptive. Yes, the rates matter, but those can be and should be determined by the legislature. Clearly, JB wants to accomplish the same things I tried to accomplish and every single Illinoisan should want: restoring financial security by paying down our debts, and lower property taxes through more equitable school funding. That can be done by an infinite combination of rate structures, including ones that lowers the overall tax burden on the middle class while requiring those who have been so successful to pay a fair burden. I’m happy to have that discussion on what exactly the best rate structure is, but I can only do that with a Governor who is open to a progressive tax so that we can fix our problems and reform the 5th most regressive tax state in the country. JB is ready to have that discussion. Rauner is not.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

58 Comments »
  1. - ItsMillerTime - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 9:51 am:

    Showed someone who was not in politics and they gave it a B. They thought it was straight forward and liked how he mentions he would be raising taxes on people like himself & Rauner so people like them need to pay less.


  2. - Annonin' - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 9:53 am:

    Another home run. GovJunk Exit Interview Tour continues. He wrecks GOPie AG hopes with dopey claims and the $1 million rental payment. Wonder how quick she renounces the paytment to reestablish some integrity.


  3. - Anon - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 9:54 am:

    Great ad. I give it an A. Many democrats have expressed concern around JB’s messaging on the progressive income tax proposal. They have suggested that by not being crystal clear on who would and would not be impact by higher rates allowed Rauner to dominate the narrative. This ad makes it very clear. I would recommend putting a lot of points behind this one.


  4. - wordslinger - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 9:55 am:

    –A fair income tax will raise taxes on people like Bruce Rauner and me to support education and help solve the state’s budget problem while reducing the burden on the middle class.–

    Easy enough to say. Can’t really whiteboard with numbers in a 30-second spot.

    I would flip the order and say “I’m going to cut taxes on middle class working folks and raise them on rich guys like Bruce Rauner and me….”

    Why bury a promise of a middle-class tax cut?

    I’ll give it an incomplete for now, as I’m not sure you can be that vague on the subject and sell it to the persuadable voters.


  5. - DarkHorse - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 9:55 am:

    B+. starts with “Rauner’s a Failure”. people who agree with the larger characterization inclined to believe what comes next.


  6. - Anon221 - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 9:58 am:

    Rate the ad a B. Wonder if there’s a newer report they could have used instead of the 2015 report on tax rates.

    To the Rauner response- Dodgeball anyone? Those statements could easily be turned into MadLibs citing things Rauner has done to save himself some dollars and taxes.


  7. - City Zen - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 9:58 am:

    ==Illinois has the most unfair income tax system in America==

    How do the 9 states with no state income tax rank?


  8. - Anon - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 10:00 am:

    The issue I have with this is twofold. First, JBP seems to refuse to share his vision of what the scale is - what are the graduated tiers? And second, perhaps much more important, the vision government still has is that middle class is a family of two making a household income of gross $120k. Not to start a Chicago vs the rest of the state issue - but where the mass population live in Chicago, that’s far from middle class. When 1 bed apartments rent for upwards of $1500 are typical, city/county/state sales taxes ridiculous, that $120k goes fast. I bet most would agree, including the wealthy, that they should pay more, but that purported middle class ends up carrying the mass load since they are the majority of the tax payers. In fact, most wealthy earners are mainly concerned with the total amount they bring in per year as a badge of honor (was just on NPR Freakanomics) and would mostly gladly pay more.


  9. - Generic Drone - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 10:01 am:

    While I support a change to a more progressive tax system, I am still wonderi g if toilets will be tax exempt.


  10. - SSL - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 10:05 am:

    JB has a history of avoiding taxes like the plague, and now he says he wants to pay more. Someone has a consistency issue.


  11. - Arsenal - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 10:06 am:

    As I’ve said many times I can’t rate these things, but I also can’t help but laugh at how many buzz phrases he got in there. “Rauner’s a failure” “raise taxes on guys like Rauner and me” “bring real change”.


  12. - A guy - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 10:07 am:

    Until he can be more specific, it promises a tax hike to (we’re not sure who? or how much?)


  13. - Leatherneck - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 10:07 am:

    - Anon - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 10:00 am:

    “The issue I have with this is twofold. First, JBP seems to refuse to share his vision of what the scale is - what are the graduated tiers? And second, perhaps much more important, the vision government still has is that middle class is a family of two making a household income of gross $120k.”
    ———

    And by default, does that mean for single 1-person household (of which I am one), that the government defines “middle class” as $60K?


  14. - Grandson of Man - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 10:13 am:

    While I’m not sure we have the most unfair tax system in America, it’s great to do the ad on a progressive income tax and get it out there.

    It’s great Pritzker said it’s time to raise taxes on himself and Rauner. It’s true. It is time to raise taxes on Pritzker and Rauner. The hike would not be much for multimillionaires and billionaires. The Rauner plan is to gouge the money out of unionized workers through taking away rights and harsh cuts.

    I like Pritzker’s prominence in the ad, his voice. I love him starting the ad with Bruce Rauner is a failure. Not necessarily crazy about a possible lie on the most unfair tax system in America. But I’m very happy Pritzker is bringing the issue into the campaign.

    B+


  15. - Victor - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 10:16 am:

    Meh.
    I’d be more convinced JB was sincere if he said those things on the Blago tapes when he thought no one was listening.
    There is a point to be made about the off shore accounts and propterty tax appeals.


  16. - Responsa - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 10:18 am:

    This may well be a fast response to the Rauner ad about taxes profiled here yesterday. Fine. I can’t see that JB’s ad moves his ball forward in any way, however. The people (voters) who want to know more about the hows and levels of JB’s fair taxation proposals, and how they might realistically be accomplished, and how those proposals might affect them personally, are still in the dark after seeing this ad.


  17. - SaulGoodman - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 10:18 am:

    I like it. I’ve wanted something like this for a year. But I still think it can/should be clearer and stronger:

    JB, to camera - “I will raise MY taxes, so I can cut yours”


  18. - Anonymous - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 10:22 am:

    How much control does anyone with a family trust have over things like offshore accounts?


  19. - FedUp - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 10:23 am:

    I for one am tired of hearing about the toilets being removed to lower the property taxes on the mansion adjacent to JB’s. Not that I am defending the man but I highly suspect that he pays far more in property taxes to keep the uninhabited mansion in place and maintaining the historic integrity of the neighborhood than if he had torn it down and out in a lawn. As far as Bruce goes, I seem to recall he got caught claiming his primary residence and one of his downtown condos both as his primary residences for property tax purposes not that many years ago.


  20. - Phil King - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 10:26 am:

    When you’re explaining, you’re losing. People don’t trust politicians. Rauner says JB is trying to hike taxes on the middle class. JB says Rauner is lying.

    But Rauner had already defined JB as a corrupt tax cheat political insider in Madigans pocket. When he won’t releSe rates, why would anyone trust him?

    The truth is there’s no way to both raise significant revenue and cut middle income taxes. CTBA tried and the best they could come up with was $2B a year and a $300 a year cut for people making less than $100k. That was using static scoring and it still kept the state in deficit spending over the short term.

    Pritzker wants you to think his progressive tax can pay for a bunch of new spending while fixing our current structural gap and that he’s going to do all that while giving a cut to the largest portion of the revenue bell curve.

    Snake oil salesman.


  21. - Siriusly XM - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 10:29 am:

    D

    The only reason its a D is the production value is good.

    He says he is going to raise taxes, doesn’t say the rates, and just wants it to be fair. No matter the taxpayer’s income, they will automatically assume that they’re rates are going to go up, and they’ll get the short end of the stick.


  22. - Reality Check - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 10:33 am:

    Excellent spot. Fair tax is necessary public policy and winning politics. A


  23. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 10:37 am:

    Rauner owns the taxing issue.

    The incompetent failings of first the toilets, then completely refusing to hang the 32% tax increase Rauner certified allows an ad like this to seem less.

    It’s one thing to say Rauner failed.

    It’s quite the other to give no quarter, no space on issues and keeping pressure on so blowback can’t seem… rational.

    The ad is a “C+”, at best.

    You want your own taxes to go up, you want the middle class to get “whatever”, the reality is this type of ad allows others to drive trucks thru the holes the Pritzker Crew seemingly want either ignored or dismissed.

    I haven’t even going into the lacking of specifics of rates or bridges, or even the legislative hurdles to even discuss this becoming remotely real.

    You can’t run a policy ad that lacks the specifics of the policy and have the history of letting your opponent own you on the issue.

    Rauner signed a budget which requires a 32% tax increase and its treated as a throwaway fact.

    It’s a pillar reason Rauner failed.

    Rauner raised taxes, had no reforms, hurt social services and higher education, and couldn’t cut a budget to serve the state’s better. Rauner is a tax and spend failure with higher taxes and lower services to Illinois.

    Rauner seemingly owns taxes. That happened well before today. Now we’re seeing that come back to haunt.

    It’s a “C+”


  24. - Siriusly XM - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 10:41 am:

    –The real culprits are sales and property taxes.–

    Middle Class and poor people get the burned by these taxes. In addition to property taxes the tax system is dependent on them when you look at lotto, cigarettes, tolls, and sales taxes which all disproportionately effect them.

    Just compare the rate a politically connect person pays in their TIF ivory tower vs a person in Harvey.


  25. - Arsenal - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 10:43 am:

    ==The people (voters) who want to know more about the hows and levels of JB’s fair taxation proposals, and how they might realistically be accomplished, and how those proposals might affect them personally==

    …aren’t up for grabs in this election. They know how they’re voting.

    Voters want to hear about values, not numbers. Or, as Rich puts it, “Voters don’t do nuance”.


  26. - wordslinger - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 11:10 am:

    –When you’re explaining, you’re losing. People don’t trust politicians. Rauner says JB is trying to hike taxes on the middle class. JB says Rauner is lying.–

    So they’re both explaining. Does that mean they’re both losing? Moldy bromides don’t come from Mt. Sinai.


  27. - City Zen - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 11:27 am:

    ==Voters want to hear about values, not numbers.==

    Many voters value their numbers.


  28. - beanbag - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 11:33 am:

    Good spot. More of this please. I think the difference in strategy between the campaign and the Monday morning QB’s here is data. They’ve surely tested the hell out of this message and strategy. They clearly must have data that shows they can win on this issue without providing the details that many on here want.


  29. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 11:39 am:

    ===They clearly must have data that shows they can win on this issue without providing the details that many on here want.==

    … or they realized that’s how Rauner won with “shake up and bring back”…

    No is dismissing the politics or the polling or the rationale, but ignoring the failings too… that’s not MMQB… that’s being honest to the ad.

    Capiche?


  30. - Anonymous - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 11:50 am:

    And if you believe JB will raise taxes substantially on himself I have a bridge to sell you. A JB governor, for Illinois, will be out of the frying pan and into the fire, for the middle class.


  31. - Silicon Prairie - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 12:01 pm:

    It is a good ad, but I would like to see both candidates stop blaming each other and come up with some detailed plans. I guess JB is going to go out swinging on this progressive tax issue


  32. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 12:01 pm:

    ===And if you believe JB will raise taxes substantially on himself I have a bridge to sell you. A JB governor, for Illinois, will be out of the frying pan and into the fire, for the middle class.===

    Really?

    How so?

    Explain your answer. Also, explain how it will pass legislatively and constitutionally.


  33. - Jibba - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 12:06 pm:

    Please remember that median household income was $59K in the US in 2016. That is truly “middle class” in this country. Those making $120k are doing very well in comparison, even if they don’t live as high on the hog in Chicago as in other parts of the state. $59K in Chicago would be tough and barely middle class to me, but many folks get by with less.


  34. - anon2 - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 12:09 pm:

    At a time of rising economic inequality and downward mobility for formerly middleclass residents, this issue of making the richest pay their fair share resonates. Rauner opposes even a millionaires tax, so bringing up the middleclass is just a diversion.


  35. - City Zen - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 12:22 pm:

    ==Rauner opposes even a millionaires tax, so bringing up the middleclass is just a diversion.==

    Some would say the millionaires tax is a diversion to tax the middle class.


  36. - Real - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 12:25 pm:

    Pritzkers plan will do something about the sales and property tax system… Before you he can fix that system he needs to fix the income tax first.


  37. - Jibba - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 12:29 pm:

    CZ…you’re right, but it is a feature, not a bug. And I argue a very good thing.


  38. - Arsenal - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 12:41 pm:

    ==Many voters value their numbers.==

    You mean their own pocketbooks? Heck yeah. That’s what the line about “relieving the burden on middle class families” or whatever is for.


  39. - Jibba - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 12:50 pm:

    The 90th percentile of nationwide household income was around $160k in 2014 I argue those folks should be included in a tax increase, not just the 1%, which starts somewhere around $460k, still far short of “millionaires.”


  40. - Anonymous - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 12:54 pm:

    JB, Tax and spend and let the middle class pay the bill. Plane as the nose on your face. Willy.


  41. - City Zen - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 12:55 pm:

    ==you’re right, but it is a feature, not a bug.==

    But it’s not advertised as such. And I argue that is a very bad thing.


  42. - Anonymous - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 12:56 pm:

    Sorry wrong plain. Willy


  43. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 12:56 pm:

    ===Tax and spend and let the middle class pay the bill. Plane as the nose on your face.===

    Rauner signed a budget raising your taxes 32%, no spending cuts, and with a deficit still in play.

    Plain as the nose on your face.

    Again, how will Pritzker do it?

    Do you know how constitutionally and legislatively works?

    Guess not, lol


  44. - Precinct Captain - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 1:01 pm:

    - Anonymous - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 11:50 am:

    Phil Murphy got it done in Jersey, so I will eagerly await my bridge under future Governor Pritzker.


  45. - Jibba - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 1:08 pm:

    CZ…you may be right that JB is not being totally forthright by not giving tax rates and brackets. I prefer honesty in all things, but when dealing with a serial liar, it may be acceptable to give broad outlines, especially when negotiation with the legislature is needed before anything can become law.

    At what percentile do you think middle class ends? 66%? 80%? That income level will be surprisingly low to some on this blog, as hinted by my numbers above. Some folks don’t know when they’ve got it good. But don’t worry, empathy can be learned, I hear.


  46. - Lucky Pierre - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 1:26 pm:

    JB totally misses the boat on the unfair property tax system that is written to benefit political insiders who run lucrative property tax appeal business.

    People are leaving the state because they can’t afford to pay rising property taxes that have no relation to income.

    He says he wants a plan where people like him and Governor Rauner pay more in taxes but his actions tell us he goes to extraordinary means to avoid paying taxes through property tax loopholes and off shore accounts.

    What do you believe, his words or his actions?


  47. - Arsenal - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 2:04 pm:

    ==He says he wants a plan where people like him and Governor Rauner pay more in taxes==

    And Rauner says he doesn’t want such a plan.

    It’s one of the many reasons that JB is leading by 10-15%.


  48. - wondering - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 2:16 pm:

    We bet on Rauner and lost. Should we bet on him again or J.B.? I wonder…not.


  49. - City Zen - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 2:18 pm:

    Jibba - JB could easily say “If you make less than “x”, I promise you will not pay more in state income taxes while I am in office.” That covers whatever tax plan he plans to implement as he should have good estimates on how much his plans will cost (and save). Those above that threshold, or those who think that threshold will eventually impact them, can plan accordingly.

    As for where the middle class ends, you’re right that income level will be surprisingly low: 55% of state tax filers claimed less than $50K income and 70% makes less than $75,000. If you think households with $120K have it good, you can visit suburbia and explain it to them.

    $120K sounds like a lot. I work with people making less than that that


  50. - City Zen - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 2:25 pm:

    ==because they can’t afford to pay rising property taxes…==

    And therein lies the rub. No matter how “fair” JB claims he wants to make the income tax system, it does nothing to alleviate the extreme burden of property taxes across all income levels.

    A millionaire paying a few extra percentage points in state income taxes than you is all peachy until you realize you’re still paying the highest property tax rates in the nation. You’re still scraping by. You’re still having a hard time finding buyers for your house. And no one has offered a fix for that.


  51. - Jibba - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 2:31 pm:

    CZ…maybe he should, given the mileage that Rauner has gotten over the issue, but Rauner would probably just call him a liar. I suspect he has not done so because he thinks he doesn’t need to in order to win, and he may be right.

    Hopefully, he has gotten projections for revenue raised given differing levels of taxation. Not having done so would indicate perfidy or a lack of seriousness about the issue.

    Not saying that $120K means champagne and caviar everywhere in Illinois, but you could have a decent life just about anywhere on that scratch. Maybe not private school, maybe not Kenilworth, maybe not two cars plus an annual vacation to Europe, but safe and happy. And almost 80% of Illinoisans would be trading up if they received that income.

    Nice day to you.


  52. - Anonymous - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 2:39 pm:

    The middle class in the state is dying. High income and property taxes are one of the causes. JB should be talking about how he is going to pay down our debt. Instead he talks about spending and raising taxes. You can not pay down all our debt and increase spending, by just taxing the rich more. The middle class will pay higher taxes and many will leave the state, if he becomes governor.


  53. - Arsenal - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 2:41 pm:

    ==The middle class will pay higher taxes and many will leave the state==

    That’s what’s happening with Rauner as Governor right now.


  54. - Jibba - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 2:46 pm:

    Anonymous 2:39, you make CZ’s case that JB should release specific figures. As we’ve just said, middle class in Illinois sunsets at somewhere just over $100K, depending on your point of view. JB has not suggested raising taxes on people of that income, that I have noticed. Only anonymous political bots.


  55. - City Zen - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 3:48 pm:

    ==Not saying that $120K means champagne and caviar everywhere in Illinois, but you could have a decent life just about anywhere on that scratch.==

    I suppose, but it’s all relative. That $120K person most likely lives in a place where all the public sector workers make more than average while receiving minimal state funding. You could argue they already paid.

    I have a relative who’s lucky enough to teach in a mid/upper class school district that picks up her entire pension contribution. Her husband works in the private sector and contributes 12% of his earnings to a 401k. He figured that, for his take home pay to equal his wife’s, he had to gross 30% more than her. I guess the point is not all gross wages are created equal.


  56. - Jibba - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 4:11 pm:

    I wish someone had told me about that wonderful land where all the public sector workers earn more than average. I don’t understand that narrative at all, other than being something often said by people who want to blame public sector workers for all their problems and life choices. Similar things are often said by those people who have pension/benefit envy, but no one forced them to choose their careers.

    But you’re right that overall compensation for public sector workers goes up relative to the private sector if you add benefits, but that is a well understood part of the deal. Lower pay, more stability, good health insurance. Studies (e.g. Governing magazine, link provided in the past) most public sector workers remain under compensated relative to their private sector counterparts for positions requiring a degree, some by a lot (e.g., doctors, rocket scientists).

    Not sure how all of this relates to getting by on $120k, but there you go.


  57. - Anonymous - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 4:15 pm:

    A…it’s a homer.

    Short and sweet…Tax the Rich is a winning strategy…and popular among the majority of average voters…because it’s the right thing to do.

    #Going…Going…Gone (imaginary exclamation point)


  58. - Golly Gee - Friday, Aug 10, 18 @ 4:38 pm:

    Poor Bruce. He was supposed to be able to greatly out spend the democratic nominee and create massive public interest in the issue that best promoted his candidacy. Can you imagine if this or Kennedy were the nominee.


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* Evangelicals confront sex abuse problems in #MeToo era
* US Steel to invest $750M in Gary Works plant in Indiana
* Chicago Tribune: Low-income south side housing neglected
* Late lawmaker’s husband charged in attorney’s slaying
* Railcar manufacturing plant to close in Illinois
* Railcar plant to close in Illinois
* Chicago couple makes scrapbooks to preserve history, memory
* Chicago suburb settling lawsuit over officer pinning teen
* Teens stabbed and burned 18-year-old to death, then ran over his body, Illinois police say

* Rauner signs bill to educate students about loans
* Doris Kearns Goodwin coming to Springfield for fundraiser
* Davis staffer arrested after altercation at Londrigan fundraiser
* Illinois Democrats say downstate counties can go their way
* Rauner appoints GOP official Shaw to retirement board
* Illinois Democrats talk of importance of fall elections
* AP fact check: No Pritzker plan to increase taxes 26 percent
* Rauner: 2018 election is 'one of most important' in Illinois history
* Rauner, Republicans go after Madigan, taxes
* Joe Biden ill, cancels trip to Springfield

* DuPage pushes fight for O'Hare western terminal
* United sheds punching-bag status with biggest U.S. airline rally
* Northern Trust looks to get into crypto custody
* Redbox gears up for its first major ad campaign
* Whither the Kraft Heinz ketchup packet?


* Mueller recommends no more than six months in prison for Papadopoulos
* Cuomo on his ‘inartful’ remark: ‘Of course America is great’
* Justice lawyers try to halt Trump financial records release
* Trump warns he’ll revoke clearance of Justice Dept. official
* 3-year-old boy among several wounded in Englewood shooting
* Flowers, candles; sidewalk shrine for woman fatally shot in West Englewood home
* Teenager shot himself in the head as officers chased him in Lawndale: police
* Mel Reynolds’ prison gripe: Treated like ‘animal’ — blames ‘Trump people’
* Man shot in Little Village
* Anderson holding head high for White Sox


* White House drafts more clearance cancellations demanded by Trump
* Trump administration is stopping funding for Syria reconstruction efforts
* Mueller prosecutors say prison is optional for George Papadopoulos in Russia probe
* Police: Boy, 3, among 7 shot in West Englewood during single attack; teen shoots self in head after police pursuit
* The 2018 Chicago Air and Water Show
* 14-year-old in 'extremely critical' condition after trying to swim Lake Michigan channel: Waukegan fire official
* Kyle Schwarber's HR springs Cubs to 1-0 lead after 1 hour, 47 minute rain delay
* Cupich responds to Pennsylvania sexual abuse report: Catholic Church ‘grievously failed’ victims
* Jurors hear of gang rivalry to explain motive behind Hadiya's slaying
* With Cubs clinging to NL Central lead, their rotation remains in a state of flux


» New Law To Address Police Officers' Mental Health
» Chicago Musicians Remember Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin
» Deep Fried Politics
» State Week: Both Democrats and Republicans Assert Party Unity At State Fair
» Web Extra, The Week in Review: Editorial Boards Push Back
» The Week in Review: Campaign Season ‘Officially’ Kicks Off at State Fair
» #664 Remembering Aretha Franklin
» Dems Vow Down-Ballot Effort, Red-State Reach
» Aug. 16, 2018 - Full Show
» Live From The State Fair: Ag, Food, Entertainment, And President Lincoln


* Rauner signs bill to educate students about loans
* Doris Kearns Goodwin coming to Springfield for fundraiser
* Counterpoint: It's another Trump idea that belongs on a Hollywood launch pad
* Point: Space Force, done right, will move US ahead
* Eugene Robinson: All hail the queen
* Our View: An unfortunate political encounter
* Davis staffer arrested after altercation at Londrigan fundraiser
* Illinois Democrats say downstate counties can go their way
* Rauner appoints GOP official Shaw to retirement board
* Illinois Democrats talk of importance of fall elections


* MidState Soccer celebrates past, present and future during 'milestone celebration'
* Taste of C-U 2018
* Illinois football 2018
* Sessions, in Iowa, laments federal judges’ rulings against administration
* Decatur Korean War veteran receives Combat Medic badge during surprise ceremony
* Former Congressman Leonard Boswell has died
* Carbondale to force vacation rental websites to provide address of all rentals in city
* Carbondale man faces federal charges of conspiracy to deal more than 50 grams of meth
* UI Football Camp 2018: Day 13
* Marion man gets 3 years in federal prison for possessing gun after felony conviction


* ECC's backpack fair benefits about 2,000 students this year
* Gurnee man charged with car burglary
* Scouting Libertyville: High expectations, low-key approach for Wildcats
* Davis Webb bounces back and helps Giants beat Lions 30-17
* Scouting Mundelein: Mustangs are making numerical strides

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* Hultgren said election security starts wit...
* Rep. Hultgren says America's 'immi...
* Pelosi Talks of 'Bridge' to New Le...
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* 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' Director on...
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* Knox County GOP neutral on Fawell

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* Sen. Tammy Duckworth On How Her Dau......
* Durbin, Duckworth support Trump's Cent......
* John Milhiser nominated to be US attorney...

* Univesity transfer students are now sought out...
* What if A.I. is coming for jobs faster than we thought?
* LMS market after Blackboard-Moodle breakup
* Building Tomorrow’s Talent: Collaboration Can Close Emerging Skills Gap
* Colleges and Universities Woo Once-Overlooked Transfer Students
* 10 Ways That Edtech Has Transformed Libraries
* Panicked universities in search of students are adding thousands of new majors
* The Week In Chicago Rock
* Our Aretha
* Classic Rock Concert Saturday Night At Buena Park Circle


* Bicentennial announces plans for Aug. 26th Constitution Day
* Gov. Rauner proclaims Traffic Fatality Awareness Day, urges public's help in making Illinois roads safer
* Illinois Department of Human Rights Honors "Dream Builders"
* Gov. Rauner signs public safety legislation
* Illinois Payrolls Up for Sixth Straight Month

  
* Tesla eyes cost savings so it can make $25,000 cars in three years, Elon Musk tells MKBHD
* Huawei nova 3 goes on open sale on August 23, nova 3i Iris Purple on August 21
* ZTE is officially back, may announce Axon 9 at IFA 2018
* Valve unveils its Twitch competitor Steam TV
* iPhone X + Huawei P20 = Motorola P30 | #PNWeekly 318
* The company’s all cold, but the HTC U12+ is flamin’ hot
* Samsung Brazil caught passing stock photos as Galaxy A8 camera samples

* Williams has full confidence in Renteria, staff
* White Sox MiLB Report: Michael Kopech Continues Dominating T...
* White Sox reinstate Leury Garcia from DL
* Eloy Jimenez has White Sox fans eager for MLB debut
* Suspended catcher Welington Castillo working his way back to Whi...
* White Sox catcher Welington Castillo to begin rehab assignme...
* Hawk: I Did It My Way


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