Once government forgets that it works for the taxpayers and the citizenry it becomes a kind of racket. This is the general nature of government unfortunately and as such that is why it is so important to trim back government regularly. If allowed to expand government will take over everything like an invasive vine in a garden. Soon the garden is all vine and no flowers. That is Illinois.
(From The Washington Post)
My home state of Illinois is in financial free fall. The state has billions of dollars in unpaid bills, has unbalanced budgets and is bleeding people and money.
A state doesn’t get into a mess like this overnight. It’s the result of many seemingly small decisions over many years. It’s for that reason that I fought to not be part of that mess — all the way up to the Supreme Court.
In 2017, as media pundits wondered whether Illinois would be the first state to have its credit rating downgraded to junk status, I watched the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union lobby for higher taxes to pay for higher salaries and benefits for government workers such as me. Certainly, my salary wasn’t the cause of the state’s financial woes, but when you consider that I have had a raise almost every year I have been working for the state — and that I work alongside more than 35,000 other state employees — you can begin to see how that might affect the state’s bottom line. That’s in addition to the incredibly generous, taxpayer-funded pension offered to state workers — an average of $1.6 million per state employee, according to a report from the Illinois Policy Institute.
I talked to a government employee this winter who appeared to me to hold taxpayers in contempt. When I reminded this person that government employees work for the citizenry, not the other way around this person lost it. Perhaps more government employees need to lose it. We need to do some serious pruning.