REBEL MEDIA: Vapidity alert
3 months, 1 week ago
My buddy Ben Yount at Illinois Watchdog has a great take on Gov. Pat Quinn's State of the State address where he said we gotta fix pensions now, but really didn't say how...again.
The $10 minimum wage was the highlight and that sound you heard was Illinois small business moving to Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin and Iowa.
SPRINGFIELD — For 38 minutes, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn told the state’s lawmakers spoke enthusiastically, even lovingly of “our Illinois” without answering any questions about how the state will deal with its $130 billion pension debt, $9 billion in unpaid bills, or hundreds of millions of dollars in budget cuts that are certain to come this spring.
Quinn hammered home the theme of “This is our Illinois” throughout his State of the State speech Wednesday.
Many lawmakers, state officials and policy makers were unimpressed.
Gov. Quinn: “This is a choice about whether we’ll make the tough decisions necessary to balance our budget by reforming our public pension systems … or whether we will let our jobs, our safety, and our schools be squeezed out by skyrocketing pension costs.”
Gov. Quinn: “Our Illinois is a place where everyone has an opportunity to work … and where our companies innovate and grow. Our businesses are only as good as the employees who drive their success. Nobody in Illinois should work 40 hours a week and live in poverty. That’s a principle as old as the Bible. That’s why, over the next four years, we must raise the minimum wage to at least $10 an hour.”
Southern Illinois Democrat Brandon Phelps said he had a hard time swallowing the governor’s talk of economic growth.
“He’s proud of the 54 closings of state facilities. I’m still upset about that,” Phelps said. “He wants to talk about all of these accomplishments, but you know what, he sent a lot of people in my area to the unemployment line. He didn’t talk about that.”
Todd Maisch, vice president at the Illinois Chamber of Commerce said he’s not surprised by the governor’s push for a higher minimum wage — not happy about it either, just not surprised.
“I was disappointed that he couldn’t really demonstrate that he understands how markets really work and how to run a business,” Maish said. “We wanted to hear what he was going to do to offset that cost for businesses.”
Gov. Quinn: “We must prohibit the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines in Illinois. Of course, we must abide by the Second Amendment. But there is no place in our state for military-style assault weapons designed for rapid fire at human targets at close range.”
Quinn received zero applause from the GOP for an assault-weapons ban, but the harshest words came after the governor’s address from his fellow Democrats.
Phelps, the leading downstate Democrat who supports concealed-carry laws, said the governor cannot ignore a pending court order that will require some sort of constitutional carry.
Raoul, the Chicago Democrat said instead of asking for an assault weapons ban, Gov. Quinn would have more success focusing on the real problem.
Gov. Quinn did not mention Illinois’ $9 billion backlog of unpaid bills.. Instead, the governor spoke in platitudes.
Gov. Quinn: “With courage, hard is not impossible. We are not a state — we are not a people — that shies away from hard things. And we can continue to make our Illinois a reality. An Illinois whose people and businesses prosper. An Illinois in which the will of the people is the law of the land.”
Then, riffing off the governor’s comments, she added, “In our Illinois, we’re not paying bills. So our Illinois is a bit financially shaky, and it’s really not better.”