Comments on: In Springfield, no solutions http://www.newstips.org/2012/06/in-springfield-no-solutions/ Chicago Community Stories Thu, 03 Apr 2014 01:18:42 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.12 By: JCUA News http://www.newstips.org/2012/06/in-springfield-no-solutions/comment-page-1/#comment-10980 Mon, 22 Oct 2012 18:25:24 +0000 http://www.newstips.org/?p=6321#comment-10980 […] It has been reported that in 2011, the bottom 20% of households in Illinois bore quite a larger tax burden than the top 20% of Illinois households, as they paid twice as much of their income in state and local taxes than the top 20%. […]

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By: Morgan McHaven http://www.newstips.org/2012/06/in-springfield-no-solutions/comment-page-1/#comment-9347 Wed, 06 Jun 2012 17:38:26 +0000 http://www.newstips.org/?p=6321#comment-9347 The pension fix they are proposing is extremely regressive. A better fix would be a reducing rate the salary applies towards the pension as the salary gets higher….so someone making 75,000 a year would have less of that salary apply towards their pension amount than someone making 30,000 would. That would be a more progressive fix. The current proposal hurts the memboers of the legislature the least.

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By: stephen f. eisenman http://www.newstips.org/2012/06/in-springfield-no-solutions/comment-page-1/#comment-9269 Mon, 04 Jun 2012 15:37:45 +0000 http://www.newstips.org/?p=6321#comment-9269 This is a great article, but the author leaves out one significant area for reform and cost savings: prisons. Illinois still has about 50,000 people in prison, almost 4 times the number a couple of decades ago. (And population growth has been low.) The IDOC budget of 1.2 billion could be cut in half if we reformed laws, and established better alternatives to prison for minor crimes. And even the current budget could be easily trimmed — why did the legislature allocate $27 million for a prison (Tamms) that is 3/4 empty, un-needed, and justly disdained by every human rights group with an opinion? And what about other prisons slated for closure, but that have been rescued by the Legislature and AFSCME? Can’t we find other jobs for poor white folks than locking up poor black and latino folks?

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