Watch Berkowitz w/likely GOP GOV Candidate Porter on Dems’ dreary shakedown vision: on Cable in Chicago, tonight & later this week in N & NW suburbs, Aurora & Rockford and 24/7 on Web
today at 7:19 pm
Likely Gov candidate Richard Porter (Tonite, 8:30 pm & 12 am in Chicago, ch 21): We are taxed too much. That’s one of the reasons people are leaving [the State]. We are taxed too much because our [pension] liabilities are too high. So, if I bring the [pension] liabilities down to a more reasonable level, you can also lower the tax cost, and if I lower the tax cost, the whole goal ULTIMATELY is to make Illinois a great place for someone to move, make IL a great place for someone to live, have the government be focused on helping people achieve their dreams instead of being there just to raise money to pay pensions for government workers.
It is such a dreary belief [that the IL Democratic Party has], their vision of government in this State is kind of this weird dreary shakedown scheme where I am supposed to pay people not to work, starting in their mid-50s, at rates that are well in excess of the average income of the typical working Illinoisan.
Richard Porter said the massive IL population loss during the last decade [250,000] is due to residents voting w/their feet against an unholy alliance of Democrats and public sector unions…
Watch this evening’s “Public Affairs,” (Recorded on January 19, 2021) with show host Jeff Berkowitz interviewing likely Gov Candidate Richard Porter (R-Northfield) about how to fix IL’s massive $400 billion pension liability problem and inordinately high property taxes, both of which are major factors in Illinois’ dramatic and very deleterious loss of people, jobs and companies over the last decade to both adjacent and far away states.
You give us 30 minutes and Richard Porter gives you a roadmap on how to make IL more competitive, more hopeful for all of its citizens and a destination and job state again.
–Tonight’s edition of Public Affairs airs thorough-out the City of Chicago proper on Cable Ch 21 (CAN TV) at 8:30 pm and midnight
–Richard Porter articulates his vision for a new day in IL in Part 1 of a two part interview.
Watch Tonight’s “Public Affairs,” with show host Jeff Berkowitz interviewing likely Gov Candidate Richard Porter (R-Northfield) in Part 1 about how to fix IL’s massive $400 billion pension liability problem and inordinately high property taxes, both of which are major factors in Illinois’ very significant losses of people, jobs and companies over the last decade to both adjacent and far away states.
Tonight’s show airs thorough-out the City of Chicago (proper) on Cable Ch 21 (CAN TV) at 8:30 pm and midnight.
Richard Porter is interviewed by Jeff Berkowitz of Public Affairs, as Porter articulates his vision for a new day in IL.
Porter’s three decades of legal practice at the Chicago office of the world’s largest (by revenue) law firm (Kirkland & Ellis) and his involvement in politics over the years (including as an RNC National Committeeman from IL and with the New Trier Republican Organization) arguably prepared him with unique insights as to how best to fix IL’s $400 billion pension liability problem as Governor.
Porter said the massive IL population loss during the last decade is due to residents voting w/their feet against an unholy alliance of Dem politicians w/unions that produced both extraordinary Dem political power and a very large percentage of what many view as outrageously, excessive public sector pensions that is a major fiscal drag on the IL Economy and it’s people’s well being.
Porter contends the solution to the current IL fiscal disaster is to pass federal legislation that returns power to the people, giving the authority to their elected representatives (In accord with Article IV of the U. S. Constitution, the Supremacy Clause and the Commerce Clause) to cut and restructure government pension benefits.
Porter explains how the restructuring will allow local governments to live within a state passed property tax cap (as a per cent of property market value) while also maintaining high quality education where that already exists. Additionally, Porter advocates school choice and other reforms that will improve education, especially in inner city areas across the state that contain many schools that are failing to deliver a quality education to their students, who are often minorities.
Porter also explains how the Republicans could reach agreement with the Dems to pass the above referenced federal legislation.
Potential Gov Candidate Richard Porter says now might be the time to repeal IL teachers’ right to strike.
Tomorrow night’s show airs at 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Ch. 19 or Cable Ch. 35 (See, below) in 25 North and Northwest Chicago metro suburbs:
—Comcast Cable Ch. 19 in Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, parts of Inverness, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northfield, Palatine, Rolling Meadows and Wilmette and on
—Comcast Cable Ch. 35 in Arlington Heights, Bartlett, Glenview, Golf, Des Plaines, Hanover Park, Mt. Prospect, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Schaumburg, Skokie, Streamwood and Wheeling.
The show also airs:
–in Rockford and surrounding suburbs this Thursday night on Cable ch. 17 at 8:30 pm
–in Aurora this Wednesday, Saturday and next Monday at 6 pm on ACTV-10, also known as Cable Ch 10 and Aurora Community Television
–in Highland Park next week on Monday and Wednesday night at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 19.
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