By Fran Eaton -
Illinois taxpayers and lawmakers are likely to be frustrated with the "damned if you do, damned if you don't" choices before them concerning Illinois' grave financial crisis and the band-aid lawmakers are being accused of putting on an open wound. But Illinois' problems are long term, deep-seated and not easily fixed. It took the state decades to get in this mess, and it will take a while to get out.
My column published on Illinois Review in October offered the long-term solution to taxpayers:
So what should Illinois taxpayers expect concerning the public pension crisis in Springfield this week, or the rest of the year?
Expect another smoke and mirrors kabuki show - with perhaps a few minor modifications that the union bosses will promise not to challenge in court - that will do nothing but postpone the crisis with another bandaid approach. Nothing substantial, if anything, will be done to correct the situation. After all, it's not a crisis, according to Senator Cullerton.
The only hope of real change is that unless the credit ratings organizations see through the distraction and non-partisan entities demand dramatic reform - something similar to how the courts mandated a conceal carry law in Illinois - nothing substantial will happen, because the Democrat ruling class and their enabling unions control Illinois' halls of power.
And unless voters voice their concern and outrage at the ballot box, Illinois taxpayers will have nothing to say about it.