Here's a reasonable suggestion for an operating principle that will help solve Illinois many problems: Agree that anything that is done should have the effect of increasing private sector jobs and household incomes.
As to what happens next in Springfield, the plan is simple. Our state needs a common-sense, unifying vision for a better future. One simple, clear, nonpartisan vision is to make Illinois #1 in job creation with household incomes rising. Illinois currently ranks 48th out of the 50 states in job creation and household incomes are falling (they once ranked as high as sixth and are now down to 12th).
Whoever finally wins the governor's race should establish a simple decision-making filter--does this proposal help increase private sector job creation and increase household incomes? If the answer is yes, the proposal should be supported. If the answer is no, the proposal should be opposed. We aim to be that filter. Putting people back to work and increasing household incomes helps families, and it also helps state and local government with rising tax revenues--all without increasing the tax burden on Illinois families.
It sounds simple enough. Until we get to the details, when the Democrats argue that a tax increase is good because it will help balance the budget and put the state on an even financial keel. As if taking money out of the private sector will help create private sector jobs.