WRITTEN BY MARK BROWN – CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
If only public employees didn’t have the right to bargain with their local government employers over pay, benefits or anything else of importance, life would be fantastic again in Illinois.
Property taxes would plummet. Employers would again embrace Illinois as a great place to do business. Jobs would be plentiful.
That’s Gov. Bruce Rauner’s view of the world, which he doubled down on Monday by moving to the top of his agenda legislation that would strip teachers and other local government workers of their collective-bargaining rights.
Let me amend that. Although I think that’s a fair summary of what Rauner said, I believe his real world view is that taking away collective bargaining for local government employees would be just a first step toward his economic nirvana. read more……