A few weeks ago I wrote a letter to the editor of the Northwest Herald about tying politicians pay to performance. Turns out Warren Buffett had some similar ideas back in 2011.
Published in the Northwest Herald on July 22:
Illinois has the second-highest property taxes of any state. Illinois’s cumulative tax burden is one of the highest in the nation. With all the taxes we pay, shouldn’t we have fully funded pensions? Shouldn’t we have the best schools in the nation? Shouldn’t we have the most glorious roads with no tolls? Shouldn’t our population be going up, not down?
Even with some of the highest taxes in the nation, we are always ranked near the bottom in all the above qualities. Currently, our state lawmakers are the fifth-highest paid in the nation. This is for a part-time job, with only about 100 working days a year. Don’t forget the gold-plated pensions and Cadillac health-care package.
If elected state representative, I will file bills to end lawmaker pensions and tie lawmakers pay to job performance on the first day. If Illinois’ population keeps going down, politicians get a pay cut. If unfunded liabilities go up, cut their pay. If they don’t pass a balanced budget, then no paycheck. This is how it works in the private sector.
If politicians don’t like it, they should either find work elsewhere or start doing their jobs.
East Dundee Village Trustee