Even if you squint, Illinois doesn't look like Texas (or Mississippi)

biss oped0216This week, Crain's Chicago Business published an opinion piece from Senator Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) regarding comparisons between other states and our state, particularly those by the governor in seeking to justify his agenda.

Everywhere I go, I hear the same question: What on earth is going on in Springfield? People can't figure out why we have no budget, what the consequences are, whether our economic future is slipping away from us and what can be done about it all.

Sometimes they even go on to point out that surely something is wrong and in need of reform in Illinois, so it must stand to reason that we should enact Gov. Bruce Rauner's agenda.

But until Massachusetts made a surprise appearance in his State of the State address last week, Rauner's efforts at reform have focused on emulating anti-union policies enacted in very conservative states like Texas, South Carolina and Mississippi—and, more recently, states like Wisconsin that have undergone dramatic political change.

The Illinois General Assembly has rejected many of Rauner's ideas, but media coverage of the ensuing budget stalemate largely has focused on political and personality disputes.

Read the rest on Crain's website.

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