|Letters to Editors
From: Cook County Board Commissioner Bridget Gainer (10th District)
Yesterday, a 1% sales tax increase was introduced during the Cook County Board meeting to plug a growing budget deficit. Under strong management, the County has made strides in the last several years, under strong management, to provide a just safety net, with a focus on fairness and safety within our criminal justice and health care systems. I am proud to have been a part of that evolution.
But there is more that can and should be done and before we raise taxes. This is the time to really consider taking on some of the sacred cows of County government. It is equally important to keep up the pressure to pass pension reform. As Chair of the County’s Pension Committee I can attest to the fact thatÂ we should not balance our budget without reform. The good news is that we have that reform plan – supported by Labor, the Civic Federation and actuaries.
Passing the tax now takes the pressure off those hard decisions. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to discuss the issues with the Tribune and I would like to share the Op-Ed that ran in today’s paper.