The courageous, common-sense budget and labor reforms passed by the Wisconsin legislature and signed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker have put their state on solid fiscal footing, earning high praise from the business community, residents and even some government employees, while actually fostering a decrease in property taxes. AFP-Illinois is joining patriots throughout the nation in supporting the Wisconsin reforms and we need your help with two important activities:
1. Sign up for our Freedom Phones program to make phone calls into Wisconsin from your own home or cell phone. You do not even need a computer, only a phone, to help out at this important time.
The Illinois Policy Institute released their state budget blueprint, "Budget Solutions 2013: Innovation for Illinois". It lays out recommendations and a pathway for a balanced state budget that allows the Quinn income tax to expire as scheduled.
The plan is a great example of using innovative ideas and approaches to solve the monumental fiscal challenges facing our state. We hope the legislature will adopt many of these recommendations to stop spending money we don't have and make Illinois competitive again.
From reading Greg Hinz's column in Crain's Chicago Business, it seems as if the Quinn Administration's Director of the Dept of Human Services, former state Rep. Julie Hamos, has finally come around to our way of thinking... kind of.
Listen to Director Hamos' words:
The system is going bankrupt. It's going to collapse. I really believe that, she says. The traditional fee-for-service medical delivery system is killing us, and key stake-holders are gaming a program filled with abuse. She concludes, It's soooo screwed up.
Reacting to Governor Pat Quinns Budget Address, Americans for Prosperity Illinois State Director David From put out the following statement:
Today, Governor Pat Quinn passed on an opportunity to provide real leadership to a state badly in need of it. While the Governors cuts are a move in the right direction, the three biggest issues facing the state budget are unfunded pension obligations, soaring Medicaid costs, and $8 billion in overdue bills. He failed to provide any plan to address the main challenges threatening the fiscal health of our state. We did not need a description of the huge problems facing Illinois; we needed leadership from our states elected leader.
Check out this link to see a great interactive chart from the New York Times on Pres. Obama's federal budget proposal.
It is a really fascinating graphic.