Interesting article Tuesday about potential governor candidate Bruce Rauner. I admire his desire to change the state, but two major points need to be addressed.
First, Rauner wants to weaken the unions by having a “steel backbone” in negotiating with them. Unions have drifted from their original purpose, but they’re still a necessity. Unions are a strong backbone for the state in providing quality, professional employees and eliminating cronyism in jobs and career advancements, and ensuring safety in the workplace.
Rauner accuses Republicans of “selling out” to unions but doesn’t specify how. In my almost 26 years with the state, I never once saw anyone sell out to the unions. On the contrary, our current governor has violated current contracts he legally agreed to.
He also called the pension system “unsustainably generous.” This also isn’t accurate, considering the high percentage of gross pay employees are required to contribute to their pensions, and to Social Security at the same time. As with our current and past three governors, no one is telling us anything about how “unsustainably generous” the pension packages for the governor and other elected officials are.
If Rauner is serious about being our next governor, he needs to start at the top of the dirty laundry pile, then work his way down.
Rauner failed to mention the governor of Illinois is the second-highest-paid governor in the entire U.S., second only to New York state, which is ghastly and disgusting considering the current budget crisis, not to mention the governor’s pay and regular pay increases (which haven’t been forfeited) play a big part in his pension (which has never been under attack).
Maybe that’s the problem with our current administration. With any kind of housekeeping, it’s imperative to start at the top before you sweep the lower levels.