Perhaps the Tribune should apply these same standards to everyone else
Tuesday, Oct 12, 2021
* Recent Tribune editorial…
Um, OK, but they skipped over the intervening months where the governor and the General Assembly passed a balanced budget and Moody’s increased the state’s credit rating. I wonder why.
The editorial board also points out that a big reason why the county’s budget is balanced is “the county’s ability to now collect sales tax on online purchases.” Yeah, that would be because of a state law.
The Trib heaped praise on Preckwinkle for not spending all of the county’s federal bailout money in a single year. Illinois has done the same.
And the paper says that Preckwinkle is getting the county on track with its pension obligations. A third of her proposed $1 billion budget increase actually goes to pensions. The paper is right. That’s how it’s done. You can’t just jawbone your way out of this problem. But when other governments take the same responsible approach, they come in for criticism.