Civic Federation calls for tax hikes, opposes sensible reform in budget criticism

By Adam Schuster
05/17/2018
The Civic Federation’s criticism of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget is a mixed bag, with its own proposals for Illinois’ financial crisis – including nearly $3 billion in tax hikes – missing the mark.

TAGS: AFSCME: American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, budget, Civic Federation, health insurance, income tax, laurence msall, LGDF: Local Government Distributive Fund, municipal pensions, pensions, progressive income tax, taxes

Bill to rein in state health care costs killed in the Senate

By Mailee Smith
04/27/2018
Senate Democrats killed a chance this week to rein in government spending, instead siding with government unions that prioritize their own power over the fiscal health of the state. Illinois taxpayers pay nearly $15,000 per state worker in health care costs alone under the most recent contract with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

TAGS: AFSCME: American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, Bill Brady, collective bargaining, health care, state worker pay