Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza recently penned a letter placing the blame for Illinois’ fiscal woes and their impact on universities entirely on Gov. Bruce Rauner. Not surprisingly, her criticism ignored decades of mismanagement on the part of Democrats like herself – and Republicans – who would rather cast blame than acknowledge the real issues.
Mendoza mentioned that there are no short-term solutions to these problems. She’s right. But there are also no short-term causes to these deep-rooted troubles.
Legislators in Springfield have spent years voting for unbalanced budgets and passing the buck on funding Illinois’ completely broken pension system. So implying that these problems are the result of Gov. Rauner’s brief tenure in office is absurd.
During her time in the state Legislature, Mendoza was no leader on these issues. She toed the party line by supporting Speaker Mike Madigan’s disastrous agenda, voted for his controversial speakership, advocated for disastrous “pension holidays,” and helped pass the largest tax increase in Illinois history. Illinois needs real reforms, not more blame to pass around from those who have helped to create these problems.
When Illinois can finally compete with surrounding states that have term limits, lower property taxes, and a less intrusive cost of doing business for things like worker’s compensation, then our state can get back on track.
So a word to the wise for Comptroller Mendoza – don’t through stones in glass houses.
Note to readers: Patrick Wohl is a former campaign staffer for Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. Wohl writes, “Please note, I am no longer affiliated with Gov. Rauner or his team in any way.”