In Part 2 of our
In Part 2 of our interview with Richard Porter, an almost inevitable Republican Primary Gov candidate, Porter articulates his vision for a “New kind of politics in IL," one where he says "The politician works for the people in the State, not vice-versa.”
Porter lambasts the Democratic Party for its predatory government, such as red light camera laws, which he says were designed to take money from relatively low income citizens, not to improve street safety.
Porter is highly critical of Gov. Pritzker for shutting down the IL economy needlessly. Richard Porter says if we had followed the data, we would have kept our public schools (K-12) and places of employment open.
Likely Gov Candidate Porter referred to data that showed “Kids don’t get seriously sick from Covid at school,” and most people younger than 60 without serious pre-existing medical conditions (including teachers), can attend their workplaces safely.
Richard Porter argued that Gov. Pritzker failed to protect the most vulnerable to Covid19- the elderly in nursing homes, where more than half of the IL 19,000 C19 deaths occurred.
Porter also argues that Gov. Pritzker is making a similar mistake now by not placing the highest priority on vaccinating for Covid the elderly and those with pre-existing respiratory, etc conditions- as they are the most vulnerable to getting seriously sick and dying from Covid19.
Perhaps soon to be Gov Candidate Porter noted that the role of Government is to protect those who need protection the most and to give information to the citizens who are much less vulnerable—and let them decide how to manage risks in accord with their preferences. This, said Richard Porter, is how our free society is supposed to work.
Porter attributes much of his economics and managing risk knowledge to his transactional legal experience, calling himself a “Legal plumber.” That work includes M&A, financings & helping clients survive bad financial health via bankruptcy & emerging as a restructured, viable firm.
So, his three decades of legal practice prepared Porter to take on IL’s $420 billion pension liability problem as Gov, which was discussed in detail during Part 1, our first show with Richard Porter.
Porter says the solution to IL’s fiscal disaster is to pass fed legislation that returns power to the people, giving them the authority to direct elected state & local government officials to cut and restructure gov pension benefits to numbers that are sustainable and reasonable for the taxpayers, government employees and pension plans.
With the power to cut city and village teacher and other local government employee pension benefits to levels competitive with the private sector, Porter contends local school districts who are performing well can maintain their current quality of education because their costs will be lower and thus their new lower revenues from property tax caps will be workable.
Moreover, quality teachers and administrators will still be attracted to teaching because pensions of up to more than 100K for teachers and up to 325 K for administrators are not what competitive markets require to keep them in education.
Richard Porter said in Part 1 he is also ok with amending the IL Constitution to permit restructuring and cutting of state & local government pension benefits of elected government officials, but that would probably be more difficult and take longer to achieve than his federal approach, which is something that, he said, is being discussed and negotiated now in Congress.
As to public sector unions in IL keeping their right to strike, Porter thinks it might be time to repeal that right for teachers’ unions.
Finally, will Richard Porter try to fix IL by making a run for Gov in 2022? Stay tuned, as Porter promised to return by this summer to answer that question.
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Why should we trust the government when they are wrong more than they are right?
I am sick and tired of republicans lying about pensions. Most public employees do not get social security. The alternatives to pensions would be to put public employers into the 401k social security system that private workers are in. Here is the problem. Private sector employers must pay 6.2 percent of the employees salary to match the 6.2 percent that employees pay for Social security. To be competitive they almost match up to 5 percent in the 401k. Local governments do not have to send the federal government 6.2 percent and the they do not contribute to the 457b which is the 401k for the public sector. Public sector employees contribute 8.5 to 9 percent of their salaries to pensions. The local and state governments are suppose to match that like they would if they if they were sending 6.2 percent to the federal government. The problem is local government spent years without paying their matching portion. Modifying pensions we would the equivalent to allowing a private business the right to skip out on their 6.2 percent of taxes. Illinois has pension problems because local government skipped out on their payments.
Listened to both interviews. Not impressed. His answers were too general. He never said what he would do, aside from not giving the covid vaccine to healthcare workers. Next!
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When it comes to the
When it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group, says there's some good news. "Case numbers are falling, masking and distancing do work, and we can control this if we do it right."
However, the not so good news is that variants are showing up in over 30 countries and are reportedly more transmissible. There also seems to be a reduction in vaccine efficacy against the new variants.
"This is a desperate race between vaccine and virus, between time and opportunity, and we dare not lose that opportunity," emphasizes Dr. Poland.
In this Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Poland discusses how COVID-19 viruses mutate into new variants. He also discusses recent COVID-19 research conducted by the NFL, plus, he touches on the future of individualized vaccines. "I can see the development of a coronavirus vaccine against multiple types of coronavirus, including the one that causes the common cold, and very likely combine that with the influenza vaccine."
More health and medical news on the Mayo Clinic News Network. https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/
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Governor Phil Murphy
Governor Phil Murphy holds a roundtable on vaccine safety and access in New Jersey’s Black community with Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver, Department of Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli, Reverend Melvin E. Wilson, Debbie Parks, and Dr. David Kountz on February 9, 2021.
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