New Face At Catalyst

New Face At Catalyst

Meet Melissa Sanchez, Catalyst's new associate editor, who apparently just moved to Chicago from sunny Miami.  "She has written about politics, labor and immigration issues and has won a number of awards, including an Inter-American Press Association fellowship to report from Nicaragua," according to Catalyst.  With a beat that includes teachers, labor issues, and state ed policy, Sanchez joins Sarah Carp and Lorraine Forte, among others (masthead here) and replaces Rebecca Harris, who's left for other pursuits. Sanchez's first story (about LSC sign-ups) is in the news roundup below.

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  • Senator Kwame Raoul filed a bill (SB449) that would require CPS total property by the amount of the Pension obligation each year. So this year that would be something on the order of $700 million property tax increase for city homeowners and businesses.

    It appears to have a double whammy for taxpayers in its first two years, requiring not only that the tax to be levied but also that CPS pay the amount over 12 monthly installments with no offset for the additional levy. So City schools would have $700 million less in operating funds in FY2015 and 2016 while City taxpayers are paying $700 million more to support teachers pensions.

    The bill provides no relief to City taxpayers who are currently also supporting downstate teachers pensions through their income tax (but receiving virtually no income tax support for City teachers). Why not make the state pay the amount each year and provide some equity for City tax payers?

    Not sure what $700 million increase looks like to each homeowner but it's gotta be pretty momentous.

  • Make that "Karp." Where did Harris go?

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