This could turn out to be the busiest and most consequential final month of session I’ve ever seen.
That final product had better be pretty strong and comprehensive or there will be heck to pay. State Sen. Melinda Bush will make sure of that.
To say that this is the governor’s top priority would be a huge understatement.
Judiciary-Criminal has for years been a bulwark against penalty enhancement bills.
If people want their issues addressed, they should get themselves to the bargaining table.
A bunch of weak political arguments have been used so far against Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s proposed constitutional amendment for a graduated income tax.
As with the recent minimum wage hike, the governor can stress to legislators that his tax plan is a “core Democratic Party value.”
Who in the legislative process can be counted on these days to help derail bills which are deemed hostile to business interests?
J.B. Pritzker’s budget address last week was well-written and respectful of its audience and effectively used Illinois history to make its points.
The administration will not say how many more billions this scheme will wind up costing taxpayers in the long-term.
It’s expected that if Pritzker can get a “fair tax” on the ballot next year he’ll put his money where his mouth is to pass it.
The feds, in other words, might very well possess some embarrassing leverage on Burke aside from the alleged illegalities. And the feds love leverage.
Pritzker has an opportunity here that has been afforded few of his predecessors.