When its details are secret, of course.
What do Governor Blagojevich and State Senator James Meeks have cooking? That's what a lot of political folks are likely to be wondering this weekend.
Lots of folks are going to be wondering if the Gov's plan is to sell the Tollway Authority. SEIU Local 73 sure will be wondering, since the proposal likely puts their members out of a job. Suburban drivers will certainly be wondering, since the sale of the Skyway by the City of Chicago was followed immediately by a 25% toll hike. And as the Bloomington Pantagraph reminds us, the Governor's proposed sale of the Tollway Offices in Chicago - the "Taj Mahal" as they were dubbed - never materialized, so Meeks and others should be asking what the Governor's Plan B is, if Plan A falls through.
And of course, education funding reform advocates will be wondering too, since Governor Blagojevich did not talk to them first to find out if his plan would pass muster. From A Plus Illinois:
Does the Governor Have an A+ Education Plan?
To address the fundamental problems with our current school funding system, the governor must put forth a plan that meets all of the following principles:
- Increases the state's investment in education to ensure every school has adequate resources, following the recommendations of the Education Funding Advisory Board.
- Provides meaningful property-tax relief for homeowners and businesses by shifting the balance of school funding away from local property taxes.
- Promotes accountability to ensure excellence in local schools and efficient delivery of public services by state and local governments.
- Protects health, human and public services that are vital to the well-being of children and families.
Our state cannot fully meet its responsibilities to our students unless a plan includes these key components. We'll keep you posted as we receive further details about the governor's plan.
Meanwhile, WBEZ reports that gubernatorial candidate Judy Baar Topinka (who also has yet to offer a plan of her own) is still keeping the door open for a property tax swap.