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Rauner’s Agenda, Says CTU, is to Shift Even More Power and Desperately Needed Public Dollars to the Wealthy and Connected, at the Expense of the Solvency of Our State and the Needs of Our People.

 

CHICAGO, ILChicago Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey issued the following statement today in response to Governor Rauner’s State of the State address.

“Despite Rauner’s attempts to paint himself as one ‘to speak truth to power’ (as if the governor is not a source of power) and against ‘vicious form(s) of oppression,’ the governor has been all too willing to wage dishonest divide-and-conquer attacks on Illinois residents. For example, on the same day that a sea of women in black descended on the state Capital to protest sexual harassment and sexual violence, Rauner continued his assaults on women: those supported by state social services, the public employees who provide those services, and the retired public servants whose retirement security he constantly attacks..

“Rauner’s biggest assault on our State’s future has been his refusal to raise revenue from those most able to pay – an attack with real consequences: lower state economic growth, the undermining of public universities, and reduced or eliminated support for those who most need it. If Rauner really wanted to help Illinois, he would end his dishonest spin around property taxes, which are high because Illinois doesn’t have a progressive tax structure, and instead follow the Minnesota model, which raised taxes on those most able to pay and invested those funds in education, infrastructure, and wraparound services. That strategy has had powerful positive benefits in Minnesota, where growth and employment today far outpaces the rest of the Midwest. Rauner, instead, promotes a public bailout of Exelon and offers Amazon billions of dollars in corporate giveaways. It’s no surprise that Rauner — a billionaire who got a massive Trump tax cut and does personal business deals out of the governor’s mansion — believes that he should sacrifice nothing while the rest of Illinois bears the burden of his destructive agenda.

“On education, Rauner has consistently undermined rather than championed this critical state responsibility. Fortunately, his veto of the budget that increased revenue to hard-hit schools was overridden. He also vetoed a more fair education funding formula just to score right-wing political points by claiming he opposed a so-called “Chicago bailout.” And he only agreed to sign an education bill at the eleventh hour because it added a giant tax break for his wealthy peers and shovels public money to private schools. He vetoed a follow-up bill that his own appointed State Board of Education requested. This is the same Governor who clouted his daughter into the highest rated public high school in the State — a unionized public school in Chicago – while he champions school privatization.

“On criminal justice issues, Rauner continues to pursue a mangled policy. He opposes the legalization of marijuana – driving up the socially and economically costly criminalization of non-violent arrestees – at the same time that he demands lower funding for healthcare, including mental healthcare, ratcheting up costly and unnecessary stays in correctional facilities. He pushes budgets that eliminate social services, eviscerating the wraparound supports that ex-offenders need to turn their lives around.

“Rauner’s real agenda is to enrich himself and his wealthy donors like Ken Griffin, instead of investing in Illinois’ people and communities. If he were serious about growing our economy, Rauner would focus on the root cause of Illinois’ challenges: regressive and insufficient revenue. There’s no need for Rauner to wait until his budget address to advocate for a surcharge on millionaires. He could support a graduated income tax today. He could immediately propose eliminating corporate tax loopholes that cost our residents hundreds of millions in public dollars, instead of shoveling public funds at Jeff Bezos, the richest man on the planet. Instead, Rauner has added saddled Illinois with another major challenge: his relentless agenda to shift even more power and desperately needed public dollars to the wealthy and connected, at the expense of the solvency of our state and the needs of her people.”

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