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8 million dollars in over run cost is built into the 89 million. That was discussed at the meeting too. So, really it's 81 million. If it's under, it's under, but it won't go over. I disagree that the new schools won't last as long. Architects are committed to building quality structures, not like Ellington and Monroe which were designed to be temporary, both of which are almost…
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By your own logic, would a positive effect on the teachers not have a positive effect on the students? It's all cause and effect and Newton's 3rd law. I could quote and reference many sources which could then be rebutted by your own, I'll leave the Googling up to you, I have better ways to spend my time. Something we all seem to agree on is that there is an issue and the current structure…
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Perhaps UKWP is trying to equate military service with "on the teat" teaching jobs. Of course there are many big differences, especially for military that are deployed, which is part of the job. There are indeed many public school teachers that see their unionized, teaching monopoly, "part time" job as a public service that demands the same respect as our military. Not many retire with PTSD, or…
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how do i get a sign for my yard?
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And you're making the opposite mistake....saying that each thing, when added together, becomes a total justification. That's not how you justify expenditures. You have to make the case for EACH item in it's own right. And you do that compared to what it would cost to fix it in place...assuming you do have to fix it...which apparently we don't...because it hasn't been done.…

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Poll shows opposition to extending tax hike

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As Gov. Pat Quinn prepares to deliver his annual budget speech Wednesday, a new poll shows Illinoisans strongly oppose extending the state's temporary income tax increase.

The results of the survey by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale mirror the tough choices facing Quinn and members of the General Assembly as they head toward a May 31 target to have a new spending plan in place.

Although the poll showed 60 percent of the 1,001 registered voters strongly opposed extending the tax increase when it begins to roll back on Jan. 1, it also found opposition to cutting money for schools, prisons, police, parks, pensions and programs for poor people.

John Jackson, one of the SIU political scientists directing the poll, said the results "point to a basic incongruity in public opinion."

"This contradiction has produced the state’s structural budget deficit, which has proved to be very difficult for political leaders to address," Jackson said.

Quinn, who is in the midst of a re-election battle against Republican Bruce Rauner, will outline a financial blueprint Wednesday that is expected to address how he plans to deal with the reduction of the state's income tax rate from 5 percent to 3.75 percent.

The estimated $1.6 billion in lost revenue from the rollback comes as costs for some programs are on the rise, bringing the total funding gap to about $2.3 billion, according to Democrats in the Senate.

To highlight the tough choices facing lawmakers, lawmakers held a hearing Friday in which Quinn's top aides outlined what would happen to various state programs if a 20 percent budget cut were imposed.

Along with closing multiple state prisons and slashing funds for schools, the aides said such a reduction would gut spending on programs for seniors and poor people.

Quinn originally was scheduled to deliver his budget address more than a month ago. He has not said how he plans to handle the tax cut.

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