Posts tagged "education reform"

Flip at 10 am from CNN’s Reliable Sources to see Berkowitz w/IPI’s Dabrowski on Making Illinois Great Again, or watch on the Web

Jeff Berkowitz: If we added this up… there is about 7 to 8 billion dollars in savings [per year from spending in the State Budget] right? ***** Berkowitz: You think you have the people on your side? Dabrowski: The people are on our side. And, that’s who matters. Not Pritzker, not Rauner…the people are the... Read more »

Watch IPI's Dabrowski show Gov. Rauner & Speaker Madigan how to balance the IL budget w no new taxes, Cable/Web

Berkowitz: You want a zero tax increase, is that right…Nada! Nothing! Ted Dabrowski, VP, Illinois Policy Institute: …There has been a narrative that …only … way to fix Illinois … is through billions of dollars in tax hikes… Dabrowski: [But] what we don’t need to do is to bail out politicians again through tax hikes.... Read more »

Better than tomorrow's Presidential Debate: Belcher on Worker's Comp. causation issue, Speaker Madigan's compromise & state's business litigation climate, Cable/Web

What happens, hypothetically speaking, when Speaker Madigan asks a typical plaintiff’s trial lawyer specializing in Worker’s comp. insurance cases to reach a compromise on the causation standard used  to resolve Worker’s compensation lawsuits?  Does Illinois have a bad business litigation climate relative to surrounding states and if so why? Could more charter and voucher school... Read more »
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Berkowitz w/IL Republican Party senior statesman Ron Gidwitz on fixing IL/Chicago government and politics/Cable and web

Berkowitz: How have we made the cost of hiring employees so expensive? Ron Gidwitz: Regulation. The tax burden…  And, In this state…  a whole list of things that are required by Chicago, Cook  County and state government that make it much more difficult to conduct manufacturing operations here than, say, even a location as close... Read more »

Can and should the Democrats and Republicans agree on Workers' Comp. reform? Watch Berkowitz debate that issue w/plaintiff's trial lawyer Matt Belcher, cable/web

We are told that the most likely of Gov. Rauner’s Turnaround Agenda reforms that the Democratic Party leadership would support  in exchange for Governor Rauner’s support of new tax revenue to finance a variety of state government spending high on the Democratic Party’s wish list  are state employee pension reform and worker’s comp. reform. State... Read more »

Watch Berkowitz w/ IL House Republican Leader Durkin on Rauner's Turnaround Agenda and the IL State Budget Impasse, Cable and Web

Republican State House Leader Jim Durkin:  …If the Democrats want revenue, they need to get reforms passed first. I am always going to keep an open mind to any proposal from the Democrats. But. … Tonight’s City of Chicago edition of “Public Affairs,” features Republican State House Leader Jim Durkin.   The show airs throughout the... Read more »
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Five easy questions for Senate President Cullerton on pension reform at today’s City Club of Chicago lunch program

Today is D Day for Senate President John Cullerton on pension reform. When he speaks before the City Club of Chicago at a luncheon program today, the President should set out with specificity [See questions, below] where he stands on Gov. Rauner’s proposal for pension reform, as stated by the Governor in his press conference... Read more »

Left Wing "Politics Tonight" w/ Lisnek and Pearson—WTF, WGN’s Lisnek blames the State Budget impasse on Gov. Rauner’s “Social Agenda.”

Left Wing "Politics Tonight" w/ Lisnek and Pearson—WTF, WGN’s Lisnek blames the State Budget impasse on Gov. Rauner’s “Social Agenda.”
Text revised, primarily for syntax, on Saturday at 11:15 pm. Watching left wing Politics Tonight last night [M-F, 5:30 pm and 10 pm, on CLTV, step-child of WGN], it was sad to see that WGN continues to put up with so much left-wing bias from it’s host, Paul Lisnek. –Paul Lisnek, a social and economic... Read more »

A Rich Miller Christmas primer: Speaker Madigan, Gov. Rauner, The Turnaround Agenda and the Illinois Budget Impasse

Capitolfax’s rendition of  Twas the night before Christmas: On Chicago’s south and west sides… there is “some very bad stuff going on” ...  Illinois needs some basic business reforms and there most likely won’t be an Illinois general tax increase before the 2016 General Election ******************* Introduction Rich Miller, publisher and writer of the IL... Read more »
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Better than tonight's Democratic Party Presidential Debate: Berkowitz w/ Republican State House Leader Jim Durkin on resolving the State Budget Impasse, Cable/web

Jeff Berkowitz:  Are there  any conditions, Jim Durkin… under which you would support an increase in the state income tax rate from 3.75% to something higher? Would you do it? Republican Leader Jim Durkin: I can’t speak to that right now– I want to see some good faith- on the reforms- Berkowitz: You might?  If... Read more »