AFSCME is long on "no," but short on answers for Illinois' pension crisis

This WTTW discussion/interview/debate about Illinois' underfunded pensions is amazing for how a representative of the public employees union got away with dodging the question: What would you do?

A three-tiered pension reform bill made it out of a House committee, but its prospects on the House floor are uncertain. (Details of the bill are here.)

This debate is between  Marc Levine of Illinois Policy Institute and Anders Lindall of AFSCME and is hosted by Carol Marin. One of the first questions that Marin asks Lindall is why AFSCME opposes the bill. We never really get an answer. Dodging and weaving is all that we get from Lindall. He talks about how we need more time to sit down and work out a solution, but he never lays out what that would be. Seems like all the union wants to do is stall, until the Legislatur's spring session and beyond.

Maybe AFSCME will contribute to the solution when the pension funds run out of money.

 

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