Incomplete. Tell us how you’re going to pay the state’s bills JB. Campaign is over. The Incomplete will default to an F on May 31 unless you explain how the pensions that you say are a promise we need to keep are going to be better funded when you leave office than when you got there.
There is a high level of ineptitude in this administration. Not firing people at first and then firing them in April. What a kangaroo court they have going on there. My guess is MJM has the biggest smile on his face right now, the disorganized de centralized approach has led to no major legislative wins for JB outside of the minimum wage. Which even that comes with limitations because it is a ramp up bill. There are a number of things that JB wants to accomplish and if his team doesn’t get it done by the end of May, I won’t ever expect anything from this Governor.
It sure is easy punching down on Trump and Rauner. Clicks ticking, time to prove your worth.
B+. Credit for sidelining Republicans and quickly pushing through a minimum wage hike and outlawing local right to work zones. But needs to mount a fast full-court press for the graduated income tax, cannabis legalization, and liberalizing state abortion laws in anticipation of the now-inevitable end of Roe. That includes bringing wayward Dem legislators into the fold ASAP. The clock and the calendar are not his friends here. But if he does those three things, his term will be off to an excellent start.
B-. Disappointed that cannabis legalization has not passed yet and it appears it will go down to the end of the session. If it does pass with home grow, I will give him a B+ overall. If it does not pass, he will have a failing grade IMO.
- lake county democrat - Monday, Apr 22, 19 @ 1:06 pm:
His progressive tax proposal doesn’t bring in enough revenue, but have to admit it is shrewdly calculated to give Madigan enough political cover to pass it. The rates will rise in the long run, but that’s how the long game is played.
Other than that, pretty bad. This crisis needs straight talk and he doesn’t deliver it. And a state this fiscally shaky where spending cuts aren’t on the table, only tax hikes? When legions of other local government entity will be raising taxes and fees? Not only irresponsible, but may not be so shrewd - we’ll see how the voters react as those hikes keep coming at them. Plus he shows no interest in reform save some gerrymandering kabuki (oooh - he’s going to veto Madigan’s veto-proof map!)
I am much more Republican than Democrat. But you guys are tough graders. I get the incomplete because he has a lot more to do. I give him a B. Great change of attitude, hope for things to get done looks like he is trying and looks like he gives a darn. And best of all not wearing silly biker outfits
B. He delivered on the minimum wage, but he has some problems with pension funding, marijuana legalization, and the progressive income tax. There is still lots of time to negotiate a solution to those issues though.
LOL. what hilarious propaganda. You must honestly not follow the supreme court at all. The court is more moderate than your fear mongering would indicate. I know I know you love your notorious RBG tee shirt, but here’s a relevant barometer.
C-/D+ Passing the minimum wage was low hanging fruit, everybody knew that was going to happen.
What is his approval rating after 100 days?
Promising stuff virtually every week without a means to pay for it, vacillating on the tax structure, being an absolute cheerleader on weed when everybody know there is a down side that does not get mentioned and focusing on tax, tax, tax…..
B-. Positives of tone and agenda on paper negated by slowness of appointments and lots of work remaining to do, with GA appearing to be in the dark about specifics. Also concerned that the revenue doesn’t match the agenda.
Tone, collaboration, honesty A+
Team, hires and appointments B- (a few all stars, a few duds, and too many holdovers)
Message A+ he is going big, trying to do all the big stuff he told us he was going to do
C- He and his administration seem to be paying attention only to legislation, and the heavy lifting there is about to start. Otherwise, the business of actually running state government is floundering. Too many empty positions in the agencies, directors aren’t setting policy or giving direction, and some agencies don’t even have a contact person in the governor’s office to at least give the governor a head’s up on what they’re doing.
I give him a solid B. He hasn’t done everything right, but who does when they start a new job. Passing the minimum wage was no small thing.
On a related note, I don’t get down grading him for not legalizing pot in his first 100 days. It is a huge complicated lift that is intertwined with a lot of other issues. I would actually be worried about the legislation if it passed that quickly.
B Pulling the grade up were passing the minimum wage increase, which was a monumental accomplishment, and strong efforts at relationship building with other key players. To his credit were his specific proposals on a state budget and revenue enhancements; to his detriment were some less-than-realistic assumptions and the number of moving parts that would have to come together to make the budget work. Lowering his grade was him being slow to get department level and lower positions appointed. State agencies have been suffering from weak leadership for some time and improving this doesn’t even need more resources.
That said, the next 100 days will count as 85% of his final grade.
B- on a newby curb. Generally good appointments, reaching out to GOP, aggressively pursuing tough agenda items. Marked down for salary supplement, pension can-kicking and sloppy follow through with key players on some issues like Mary Jane movement.
I’ve contacted the Governor’s office, IDPH and attorney general regarding past petitions for the medical cannabis program. No response whatsoever. I’ve called, emailed, written, gone to public meetings and…. Nothing.
He’s showing up for class. He reports he’s studying. We’ll know when the tests start coming with a bit more frequency. He didn’t flunk out or get homesick, so he’s where most first semester students would be who are taking it seriously.
For me, it may be more about what he does “to” us, more than what he does “for” us, until we see a little bit more. I’m not harboring great expectations, but he’s still the governor of my state. That makes him my Governor. I’m hoping for the best.
“D”….While I agree with the minimum wage hike….I don’t find it particularly noteworthy nor courageous to demand money from people who didn’t vote for you. He failed the most important subject….pension fund funding. He is a fluff ball.
I’m going with incomplete. He made some very good appointments early on, but then slowed down on that. Got the minimum wage hike, but seems to be dragging his feet (without giving people clear signals) on other claimed legislative priorities. And the pension funding is a huge concern.
To try to be as complete as possible, I give my rating with the following categories: Policy/Legislative Agenda, Government Management, Political Strategy, and Overall. Ratings are based on a 1 - 10 scale (never liked using grades as they tend to carry poor connotations).
Policy/legislative Agenda - 8
Governor Pritzker’s policy and legislative agenda is a bold one that Illinois needs. Legalizing marijuana, reforming the tax code, $15.00 minimum wage, prohibition of right to work zones, and gun reform are priorities that will drastically improve Illinois. He gets an 8 out of 10 because accomplishments are important and he’s yet to finish the job on the Fair Tax. If he gets that done, many of the other pieces will fall into place for his first term.
Government Management - 5
Governor Pritzker has succeeded in putting in place some very impressive top level talent for the State of Illinois. He has, however, some glaring holes (i.e. IDOC Director) still at the top. Where he has failed stupendously, however, is taking a hold of this government and ensuring it is filled out with people who will carry out his policies. While it is admirable to seek the most qualified individuals for jobs, double exempt positions really need to have high qualifications and political alliance. Otherwise, the jobs might as well be union positions because you have ceded your ability to realize the full potential of policymakers in agency. He must fully staff his agencies with both well qualified people and political allies.
Political Strategy - 6.5
Pritzker’s administration has a unique political advantage that Rauner did not enjoy; he shares the same political party as the super-majority of the legislature. He also comes in as the legislative leaders have taken a pounding over the last 4 years and hold little credibility with the people of Illinois. That means Pritzker has a real mandate to lead in Illinois government.
While his advantages are vast, his strategy is of very high risk. He has positioned himself as being reliant upon being successful on a singular issue: the Fair Tax. It is the solution to every problem the state faces. That mirrors the strategy of Rauner except his solution was destroying organized labor. Any political strategy, despite the initial positioning, that defines success on a singular issue is an unnecessary risk that no politician should rely upon. He needs to diversify his political playbook and allow for success to occur if Fair Tax doesn’t pull through.
Overall - Index - 6.5
Pritzker and his allies may not like this rating, but that’s because sycophants rarely accept feedback for improvement. The fact remains, Pritzker is a political and governmental novice. The 6.5 rating illustrates his strong legislative agenda, tremendous political advantages, and huge potential to be politically successful. Where he can improve, however, is in better managing his agencies and lowering his political risks. If he, and his allies, does those things, my rating for him will improve.
MIA. (Is that a rating?)
We have seen him at inauguration, budget address, the DH editorial board, the flooding, his tax increase address, and some bill signings that is only spending more money which IL doesn’t have. D+….and I can’t wait to see if he signs all the anti-business bills making their way through the chambers.
F- already spending money he doesn’t have. If he manages to pass a tax hike the funds he is looking for are basically supposed to cover the current deficit and doesn’t address past due bills or the pension problem, where he wants to play kick the can. Typical Democrat and we can’t afford that anymore. Nothing to reduce spending.
On a curve, including his predecessors, he’s a strong A. Graded on his own, it’s a B-minus: I see a lot of potential here, and a good attitude, but he hasn’t done any extra credit or advanced-placement work, and he’s behind on his term papers of the Graduated income tax and the Cannabis legislation. I sense a lot of churn and activity in study hall, but can’t yet tell if it’s going to show in what he turns in. End of the semester isn’t that far off. With some tutoring and if he applies himself to the next few weeks, he can pull it up quite a bit.
EXPELLED for cheating
The governor looked at the answers of the other Democrats. Their answer to every problem? Raise taxes. Don’t take on the public employees unions, raise taxes. Don’t fix the pension disaster, raise taxes. Don’t improve education, throw more money at the teachers unions, and raise taxes.
I’m moving from WA state, hurry up JB and legalize the cannabis, you are missing out on so much money this state needs. And why cant the people vote for legalization just like we did in WA and Colorado?