With guest, Louder Than a Bomb poet Nate Marshall

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Packed house at Wishbone to honor ISAT boycotters

Parents 4 Teachers
Jambalaya...We dined at Wishbone last night, along with hundreds of others who came out to honor and support ISAT-boycotting teachers and parents. Great people, food and music.

Question for anti-taxers... Why isn't Rahm's pension "reform" bill considered a massive 29% TAX on public workers and the elderly? Also, the accompanying increase in property taxes will hit retirees and others on fixed income, doubly hard. Finally, we already know that relying on property taxes, rather than a more progressive state income tax, to fund our schools is part of the problem -- not the solution. Asking the wealthy and the state's corporations to pay their fair share would help solve the problem. But Boss Madigan won't do it.

Hammerin' Hank
Earlier this week, the Illinois House and Senate approved Emanuel’s plan to raise property taxes by $250 million and employee contributions by 29% over five years to shore up the Municipal Employees and Laborers Pension funds. Now it's up to Gov. Quinn to sign on as he did with the previous pension-robbing SBI. CTU Pres. Karen Lewis is pressuring Quinn not to sign, but rather to open up negotiations with the unions.

Quotable Hank Aaron... "The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts." -- NewsMax

Guess who will be posting with birthday girl (83) Deborah Meier on upcoming Bridging Differences blogs over at EdWeek? I'm renaming it, Burning Bridges. Happy birthday, Deb. I guess I'm your birthday present. You can return it if it doesn't fit.

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