Better than Jake Tapper w/Barack Obama: Berkowitz w/Illinois Policy Institute's Collin Hitt on Joe and Jane Six Pack

Collin Hitt [Sr. Director of Government Affairs, the Illinois Policy Institute]: …If you are in a defined benefit, if you are in a pension system or if you are putting aside money for retirement, do you want politicians to control the money? do you want the state bureaucracy to control the money? Or, do you want to control it yourself? You're crazy right now-- if you pick one of the first two. So, you want to control that money yourself.   That's what a 401K, that's what a defined contribution [retirement] system is.  It's desirable, it's predictable...

Jeff Berkowitz: And, it fits with the policy and philosophy of John Tillman and the Illinois Policy Institute...all of you folks, you have to admit are liberty... free market oriented and you like the idea that individuals control things and not some collective entity called the government. Am I right?

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Collin Hitt:  ... The fact is we are now running out of money. Over the last five years, about 80% of all new money in higher education is going to new retirement costs…that’s why you’re seeing Democrats currently get on board with pension reform, [state employee pensions are]  eating into their favorite programs.

This week's Chicago edition of Public Affairs, featuring Collin Hitt, the Illinois Policy Institute's Sr. Director of Government Affairs in Springfield, debating and discussing Illinois pension reform, budget and tax issues  with show host Jeff Berkowitz, airs tonight  at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21 (CANTV).

You can also watch the show with the Policy Institute's Collin Hitt on the web 24/7. 

You can also watch the Public Affairs pension reform show with Hitt this Thursday night on Rockford Cable Ch. 17 at 8:30 pm throughout the City of Rockford and in surrounding suburbs.  You can watch an entirely new two hour Illinois Channel special in Rockford on Pension Reform by clicking on Cable Ch. 17 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

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This Week's suburban edition of Public Affairs features State Rep. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston)  debating and discussing with show host Jeff Berkowitz  Illinois state employee pension reform. You can also watch the show with Rep. Biss 24/7 here.   

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