Do we need a “sense of urgency,” as Dr. Martin Luther King, Barack Obama and now show host Jeff Berkowitz contend.” Or, should we take the slower, more conservative approach of State Rep. Mitchell...
Tonight’s Chicago Metro North and Northwest Suburban edition of Public Affairs features State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-Bronzeville) debating and discussing with show host Jeff Berkowitz what to do about the high rate of shootings and unemployment in the inner city of Chicago, the unemployment caused by minimum wages and the inability of the Chicago Public Schools to teach minority kids how to read at grade level.
The show airs tonight at 8:30 pm in the below listed 24 North and Northwest Chicago Metro suburbs on the indicated channels.
A Progressive Income Tax needed for Illinois?
Do we need, as Rep. Mitchell contends, a massive infusion of new state tax revenue, via a progressive tax on “Those people who have relatively high incomes.” Does Rep. Mitchell have to persuade 60 (out of 71) State House Democrats to favor a progressive tax, in order for him to start the constitutional amendment process? Is Rep.Mitchell way short of the support he needs from Democrats for it to pass the State House?
Dr. King’s Sense of Urgency: Who has got it? Berkowitz or State Rep. Mitchell
Do we need a “sense of urgency,” as Dr. Martin Luther King, Barack Obama and now show host Jeff Berkowitz contend.” Or, should we take the slower, more conservative approach of State Rep. Mitchell and complete his legislative study in two months BEFORE we do anything to stem the tide of shootings and murders in the inner city. Did show host Berkowitz suggest we significantly increase the prison time for those convicted of illegal use or sale of guns. Did Rep. Mitchell say he doesn’t know what the sentences are for those found guilty of the illegal use or sale of those guns but he will know in November, 2014, when the legislative study of such is completed and then Rep.Mitchell will decide what to recommend?
Minimum wage increases- A job killer?
Do minimum wages increases hurt low income, relatively unskilled people, as show host Berkowitz and the Nobel Prize winners in economics at the University of Chicago contend, by causing those low income individuals to become unemployed? Or, do minimum wage increases help low income people, as Rep. Mitchell and WBEZ 91.5 FM Radio (Chicago public radio) contend, by raising the wages of low income people and not causing any low income people to lose their jobs?
Charter Schools, School vouchers-school choice, the way to help low income people?
Are students from low income families helped by having a charter school choice, as Rep. Mitchell contends-- or do charter schools provide virtually no benefit, as WTTW’s Chicago Tonight host Carol Marin contends?
Is it the case, as show host Berkowitz and Advance Illinois’ Executive Director Robin Steans contend, that only 20% of the black 4th graders read at grade level in the Chicago Public Schools, and the Hispanic students at that grade do not perform much better? Is it likely that those students would benefit immensely from having the opportunity to take the $15,000 per kid per year we spend on them now in CPS and instead use that money to go the private or public school of their choice? Or, is it true, as State Rep. Mitchell contends, that school vouchers/school choice have been shown not to work? .
Did show host Jeff Berkowitz promise to support State Rep.Mitchell for Governor, under certain conditions?