Letter: False claims by Quinn—strike one

By on October 7, 2010

Guaranteeing government employees their government jobs for the next two years does not make Governor Quinn the “Jobs Governor,” as he claims.

The reason why the national press reports “The recession is over,” but it doesn’t feel that way in Illinois, is because Illinois is one of only eight states in the country still mired in recession, according to MSNBC.com and Moody’s Economy.com. And, of the five most populous states, Illinois is the only state still classified as being in recession. Public policies and some politicians’ hostility toward employers matter.

Despite Governor Quinn’s assertion that he is the self-proclaimed Jobs Governor and is responsible for new jobs at Ford Motor and Navistar, Illinois has lost 200,000 jobs (net) since he’s been Governor and 26,000 lost in just the past two months. He is entitled to an opinion, but he cannot be allowed to rewrite history or to run for election making up his own facts.

Every other state in the Union is operating within the same national economy, yet Illinois is losing more jobs, has higher unemployment, and suffers one of the worst state debt burdens of any state in the country. The Blagojevich-Quinn administrations have accumulated record unpaid bills to social service agencies and local school districts, and Illinois now has the lowest credit rating in the country.

But worst of all, Quinn has further mortgaged our future by selling out citizens and taxpayers to the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Union by promising no job cuts in a bloated state government for the next two years within one week of being given their political endorsement and a promise of big campaign contributions over the last five weeks of his desperate campaign.

Quinn even took his budget director, who is on our taxpayer payroll and responsible for negotiations, to his endorsement session for Governor. Together, they agreed to keep intact a whopping 8.25 percent salary increase over the next 15 months. What did you get last year? Quinn claims $120 million in some kind of benefits savings, but these imaginary savings will be wiped out by real salary increases estimated at $250 million.

When you wonder why local agencies and school districts aren’t being paid, it’s because of these pushover fiscal practices of promising state pay hikes and job guarantees during campaigns by Quinn and his enablers.

State Sen. Chris Lauzen
25th District