Can you think of anyone who is more responsible for Chicago and some state public schools tripping over the brink of financial collapse than Lewis, the Chicago Teachers Union and its lackey House Speaker Michael Madigan?
Lewis’ and the CTU’s demands for more, more and more have virtually bankrupted the Chicago public school system. The burden of paying for the overly lavish pensions and other benefits have taxed Chicago taxpayers beyond reason. And now, Lewis says the CTU demands more:
The union also repeated its demand for a revenue package that includes higher fuel taxes, a shift of borrowing proposed for the troubled Lucas Museum project to schools, a tax on ride-share services and a bump to the city’s hotel tax. Emanuel has dismissed such ideas, but the union plans a June 22 rally to call attention to the proposal.
A rally, of course. The signs will charge everyone else with damaging “our children,” without taking an iota of responsibility themselves for the mess. Maybe Madigan will again come out of his cave to address the rally and support their demands for more, more and more.
Here I should say something nice about Lewis’ dangling a sweetener in order to pry more money out of the city and state taxpayers. She suggested that maybe teachers would do their part by accepting a contract without annual pay hikes. Oh, sure. How about the so-called step and lane pay increases that are awarded, in part, for just hanging around long enough to rack up some seniority? Will they still be in effect? And what other organization awards automatic pay increases for taking extra classes? Certainly not the business that I’m in. Oh, and does she mean that teachers will contribute a reasonable amount to help pay for those munificent pensions? Nah.
Of course, Lewis wouldn’t include her hireling House Speaker Michael Madigan in the blame sharing. He’s the guy who proposes big increases in state funding for schools to impress the nitwits. Never mind that it come out of a budget that’s $7 billion out of balance, in violation of the Illinois constitution.
There’s a lot of things to laugh at in the ugly battle over the state financial mess. This isn’t one of them.