That was then and this is now. Things may be changing in The Motley Monk’s native state, the Land of Lincoln.
According to the Daily Signal, Governor Rauner signed an executive order last Monday making union dues voluntary for public employees. Lacking a right-to-work law, the State’s public employees must pay union dues, even if they don't join the union. What a deal for the public employees’ union bosses! Rauner called these forced union dues “a critical cog in the corrupt bargain that is crushing taxpayers.”
“...[T]he corrupt bargain...crushing taxpayers”?
Indeed. Those employees earn 26% more than their private sector peers. That’s in addition to their generous pension package. Today, the State of Illinois has <40% of the $$$s it needs to pay its pension obligations. The State also boasts the second-highest property tax rate in the United States.
It’s a step in the right direction for Governor Rauner, insofar as The Motley Monk is concerned. But, let’s see how the Governor follows up on this executive order if he truly is going to expand total employment, lower unemployment, and grow the population, all of which contribute to an expanding the tax base.
For what it’s worth, The Motley Monk suggests that Governor Rauner might look northward, in fact, just across the border, to the Badger State and Governor Scott Walker. Or he might also look eastward, in fact, just across the boarder, to the Hoosier State and former Governor Mitch McDaniel and current Governor Mike Pence. Both had similar ideas that have worked for the benefit of their states' taxpaying citizens.
Let the discussion begin…
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To read the Daily Signal article, click on the following link:
“Illinois Governor Ends Forced Union Dues for State Employees.”