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Guided Transfer support account for the two week period after transfer. Safe to delete if the support period is over.

Shifting Education Costs the Other Way: Onto the State

In my last post, I said that the pension cost shift that the Governor proposed in his budget address is nothing but an attempt to balance the State’s budget on the backs of property taxpayers, and that I would not … Continue reading

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The Gun Violence Restraining Order: Common-Sense Reform?

In response to the shooting at the Parkland, Florida high school, we’re going to be discussing gun control issues in Springfield again next week. The senselessness of this shooting underscores the need for a rational debate on what steps can … Continue reading

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Cost Shifting is Buck Passing By Another Name

Governor Rauner certainly got everyone’s attention last week when he proposed that the employer’s share of pension costs be shifted from the State to local school districts. The pension shift has been a topic of conversation for some time. House … Continue reading

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It’s Not the Pension (Entirely), It’s the Debt

“If something cannot go on forever, it will stop.” – Herbert Stein’s Law In his budget address this week, Governor Rauner made big news by proposing that the employer portion of the normal costs of teacher pensions be shifted from … Continue reading

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Let’s Leave the Mud-Wrestling to the Democrats

We’re all familiar with the term “Hail Mary”. It happens in football, and it happens in politics. The ad thanking Governor Rauner for all of the social-policy failures of his first term is just such a thing. I’ll dispense with … Continue reading

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