The driver for massive Illinois income inequality is the Democrat-dominated government and public unions.
Illinois income inequality shows you how much Democrats care about the income gap.
According to economic analyst Mish,
Illinois state workers, are the highest paid in the nation.
Yet, despite the fact that Illinois is for all practical purposes insolvent, the AFSCME union demands four-year raises ranging from 11.5 to 29 percent, overtime after 37.5 hours of work per week, five weeks of vacation and enhanced health care coverage.
AFSCME workers already get platinum healthcare benefits that would make nearly everyone in the country green with envy.
This demonstrates, yet again, that the real class warfare is between the tax payers and tax feeders. Illinois workers not only are demanding still higher pay and better healthcare; they also want the one elected official to be banned from the contract negotiations. According to Mish’s guest columnist, Ted Dabrowski at the Illinois Policy Institute,
Now the union is working overtime to remove Gov. Bruce Rauner – who actually represents taxpayers’ interests – from labor contract negotiations. The union supports House Bill 580, which would strip the governor of his ability to negotiate. AFSCME wants the current contract dealings turned over to unelected arbitrators who are likelier to decide in the union’s favor.
AFSCME wants to remove the governor from contract negotiations because union officials know Rauner will not agree to outrageous demands.
Guess how long it has been since Illinois had a balanced budget. Here’s the answer:
So while Illinois wages are declining in the private sector, state workers’ wages and benefits have been skyrocketing. The inevitable debt crisis that will result will be put on the backs of Illinois taxpayers and make their situation even worse. Illinois will become another Puerto Rico.
No wonder so many people are fleeing Illinois. It is doomed by liberalism.