Madigan’s Pension Constitutional Amendment Ploy

-By Lennie Jarratt

In addition to the many pension reform proposals being discussed in Springfield currently, Speaker Michael Madigan is proposing a Constitutional Amendment to supposedly stop the legislature from easily passing increased pension benefits in the future. There are several problems with this approach.

1. In essence, Speaker Madigan is admitting the Legislature can’t control themselves in Springfield. The only way they can be saved from themselves is to have a Constitutional Amendment to keep them under control.

2. The State Constitution already requires a balanced budget. We all know how easy it is for the Legislature to get around that requirement. This amendment will most likely be circumvented whenever the Legislature wants to as well…

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