The Majority Report 10/18/15 - Skipped payment, corporate agenda, registration efficiency


Raoul: "Continuing to skip pension payments is not an option"

Raoul: "Continuing to skip pension payments is not an option"State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago 13th) issued a  statement in response to Comptroller Leslie Munger's announcement last week that the State of Illinois will skip its required November pension payment of $560 million.

"Illinois' sorry history of skipping payments to its pension systems has made its unfunded pension liability the highest in the country. The state has used its pension funds like credit cards to fund essential services because of a persistent unwillingness to face the fact that revenue isn't keeping pace with the needs of its people."

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Other senators' reactions:
Trotter: A crucial commitment undone
Holmes: Repeated mistakes will not solve crisis
Biss: Munger, Rauner repeating Illinois' most devastating mistakes
Clayborne: Comptroller should make November pension payment

Rauner's corporate agenda hits working class hard: Harmon

Rauner's corporate agenda hits working class hard: HarmonSenate President Pro Tempore Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) sent a letter to the editor of the Tribune last week regarding the governor's agenda.

"For months, we in the General Assembly have been asking Gov. Bruce Rauner to explain how his 'Turnaround Agenda' would relieve our state budget crisis.

"This past week, he finally attached numbers to his big business corporate agenda, and it reveals his true goal - a whopping $5 billion 'tax' on middle class families and not one single dollar more from those in our state who can most afford it, the rich."

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Senate committee hears Manar's automatic voter registration proposal

Senate committee hears Manar's automatic voter registration proposalThe Senate Executive Subcommittee on Election Law heard from experts on changing voter registration practices last week, citing other states' experiences in saving taxpayer funds, keeping records more accurate and making it easier to register.

The legislation, Senate Bill 2134, reforms current registration laws so whenever someone applies for, updates or renews a driver's license or state ID he or she will be automatically registered to vote in the local jurisdiction.

"This change removes barriers to registration and makes the process more efficient for taxpayers. It streamlines the process by eliminating duplicative paperwork to improve citizens' access to the basic democratic process of voting," State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) said.

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