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The state of Illinois is at a fiscal tipping point. For years, the state has spent beyond its means and ignored its unpaid bills and obligations. Click here to learn more and view our audio power point.
Contact your lawmaker NOW and demand Reforms!
In FY2011, Illinois faces a $12 BILLION dollar structural budget deficit. More than half of that – $7 BILLION – is related to generous pension and retiree health care programs for government workers that the State simply cannot afford. These generous programs will have racked up more than $140 BILLION in debt and unfunded liabilities by the end of FY2011.
In Illinois, retirement-related debt makes up over 80% of the total liabilities of the state and its pension funds. These liabilities and the state’s budget gap put Illinois in a league of its own. Click here to read the complete Pew Study that ranks Illinois pensi....
In order to keep the pension funds from running out of money, the State will have to make massive contributions into the funds in future years. By 2020, these contributions will consume around 30% of the state’s “Big Three” tax revenues – from corporate and personal income taxes, and from sales taxes. By 2045, pension payments will eat up close to 50% of these revenues – crowding out dollars for education, public safety, health care for the poor, and other critical social services. Contact your lawmaker NOW and demand Reforms!
Illinois’ fiscal problems and the fact that we have no real plan for dealing with them have made our state one of the least attractive places for doing business. A recent survey of CEO’s placed Illinois at the bottom of the heap in terms of our attractiveness to business; and many of the other states at the bottom have already begun to take steps to address their fiscal problems.
Generous pension benefits that the State cannot afford are at the root of this problem. While the state took a step in the right direction last year by reforming benefits for NEW government workers, CURRENT government workers continue to participate in the State’s traditional and costly plans.
They can retire at age 55 or 60, and receive generous cost-of-living adjustments each year. These lifetime benefits can be worth more than $1 MILLION or more for a full-career employee who retires at 55 or 60. They are completely out-of-line with the benefits offered to taxpayers working in the private sector.
Yet the 95% of Illinois taxpayers who do not receive such generous benefits will pay higher taxes to pay for the 5% of state residents who do.
It is for these reasons and more that AFP-IL encourages you to contact your lawmakers today and demand that they reform the curren...
CALL YOUR REPS AND TELL THEM TO VOTE FOR THE RSC AMENDMENT!!!
Many of the politicians are playing games, and it doesn't matter what letter comes after their names. We are sinking into a pit and they are acting as though cutting $84 billion dollars from TRILLIONS is almost too much. The GOP leadership is still undercutting the Pledge, which clearly stated that they would cut $100 billion from non-security spending. Below is an email from the Republican Study Committee and their efforts to introduce an amendment that would bring the total cut in non-security spending to $100 billion. Please read through it and make your calls. THE VOTE MAY COME AS EARLY AS TONIGHT!
In other news, Steve King's amendment failed to gain the protection it needed in the Rules Committee from a point of order being raised on the floor during debate. Even the Reps. that told us they would vote to protect King's amendment voted against it. They told us they would protect it and asked that we ask our members to stop calling, so we did. And they turned around and did the opposite. We will have a list shortly with the names of those who betrayed us and the commitment to fully defund Obamacare.
Support the RSC Amendment to the CR
The FY 2011 continuing appropriations bill being considered this week provides $396.6 billion for non-security spending (compared to the $378 billion FY 2008 non-security funding level) and $631.9 billion for security spending (compared to the $554 billion FY 2008 security funding level). Overall, this is a $99.6 billion reduction compared to the President's FY 2011 budget-$81 billion of the reduction is non-security spending, $18.6 billion security spending.
RSC Amendment to Reduce Non-Security Spending to FY 2008 L
Call To Action
SB 136 is an unwarranted expansion of government into the private lives and affairs of good Illinois citizens.As you know, SB 136 has been proposed in the Illinois General Assembly by State Senator Edward D. Maloney (D-Chicago). This bill will affect all children in non-public schools, including home schools. If SB 136 were to pass, it would compel all parents or legal guardians of home or privately schooled students to register with the state. Registration that is now voluntary would become mandatory. Senator Maloney may move to amend SB 136, removing the reference to "private schools" and only require "home school" parents to register their children with the local Regional Office of Education instead of the State Board of Education. This would make the bill even more problematic. Public school administrators and bureaucrats should have NO jurisdiction over homeschooling families.TAKE ACTION: If you have not yet called the members of the Senate Education Committee -- please do so now. Ask them to oppose this bill and encourage Sen. Maloney to table it. You can also click HERE to send Sen. Maloney and each of the committee members a fax or an email. (You may want to do both!)
Committee Chairman, Sen. James T. Meeks (D-Chicago)Springfield: 217-782-8066District: 708-862-1515Sen. Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Westchester) Springfield: 217-782-8505District: 708-343-7444 Sen. Gary Forby (D-Benton)Springfield: 217-782-5509District: 618-439-2504 Sen. Susan Garrett (D-Highwood)Springfield: 217-782-3650District: 847-433-2002Sen. Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago)Springfield: 217-782-8191District: 773-463-0720Sen. John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago)Springfield: 217-782-1035District: 773-763-3810
FROM AMERICANS FOR PROSPERITY
TAKE ACTION NOW
It’s no secret that the state of Illinois is in a fiscal crisis. It’s taken about ten years of pay-to play politics, sweetheart deals, poor public policy decisions, and the complete mismanagement of state funds to get us to this point.Illinois' budget deficit is approximately $14 billion, the state’s pension and retiree health care debt is approximately $130 billion, unfunded Medicaid liability has doubled since 2007 and Illinois’ unemployment rate has hovered around 10% for the last two years. Yet, state government continues to spend more than it takes in (an average of $3 for every $2 it receives from our tax dollars).
This week (January 4-11, 2011), the Illinois General Assembly is convening for a lame duck session. There are several scenarios being discussed behind closed doors on whether lawmakers will be asked to vote on revenue enhancements (I.E. tax increases) during the lame duck session. CLICK HERE to contact your lawmaker and ask him/her to vote "NO" on...
We certainly won’t be given advanced noticed as to how or if this is going to occur. What we do know is that as a matter of principle, it would be a slap in the face to voters if lawmakers were to approve a tax increase or complicated reform packages during an 8 day lame duck session. Especially, when so many lawmakers are on their way out of office and won't be held accountable to voters for their votes. Please CLICK HERE to contact your lawmakers today and ask him/her to vote “NO” on tax increases during the lame duck session.
Joe CalominoState DirectorAmericans for Prosperity – Illinois
STOP THE DREAM AMNESTY NIGHTMARE :DO NOT LET UP: CALL YOUR SENATOR RIGHT NOW!Senate Call List is Below Last Updated: 12-17 8:00pm EST
HOUSE PASSED 'DREAM Act' 216-198
REID JUST FILED 'CLOTURE' ON THE 'DREAM ACT' AMNESTY NIGHTMARE***VOTE WILL BE SATURDAY MORNING: 60 VOTES NEEDED TO PASS***
CALL THESE SENATORS IMMEDIATELY AND TELL THEM TO VOTE NO ON THE DREAM AMNESTY NIGHTMARE THAT WOULD BANKRUPT OUR NATION: 202-224-3121 or 866-587-3023. Use our Senate call list below.
CALL THESE 13 UNDECIDED/UNDECLARED SENATORS TODAY:(if staff ask your town and/or zip code, use those provided below) UPDATE: SOME STAFFERS ASK FOR THE STATE'S "FLAG COLOR" AND ALSO YOUR "COUNTY" (pick one here)
Murkowski, LisaDC: (202) 224-6665Local: (907) 271-3735[Juneau, 99801] "No position" (4:52pm)
Brownback, SamDC: (202) 224-6521BEST NUMBER:(785) 233-2503 [Wichita, 67278]
Landrieu, MaryDC: (202) 224-5824Local: (225) 389-0395 [New Orleans, 70113]
Collins, SusanDC: (202) 224-2523Local: (207) 622-8414[Portland, 04101]
Snowe, OlympiaDC: (202) 224-5344Local: (207) 622-8292
Stabenow, DebbieDC: (202) 224-4822Local: (313) 961-4330 [Detroit, 48242]
McCaskill, ClaireDC: (202) 224-6154Local: (314) 367-1364 [St. Louis, 63113]
MontanaBaucus, MaxDC: (202) 224-2651Local: (406) 657-6790 [Helena, 95601]
OhioVoinovich, George DC: (202) 224-3353Local: (513) 684-3265 [Columbus, 43085]
North DakotaDorgan, ByronDC: (202) 224-2551Local: (701) 250-4618
Conrad, KentDC: (202) 224-2043Local: (701) 2
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