No cuts. Revenue. Tax the rich.

Fred Klonsky

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Thousands of people are converging on Springfield today to urge Springfield legislators to reject Governor Private Equity’s plan of austerity for working people and favors to the state’s most wealthy.

For years many of us have focused on the pension battle.

It was a fight to protect pension rights. The fight for our pension rights was both a reality and metaphor.

It was never just about pensions. It was never just about us.

There was the reality that cutting public pension benefits would throw thousands of retired public workers into poverty.

However, the plan to gut pensions was a metaphor for a policy belief: That the state of Illinois could cut its way out of its financial mess when the solution was raising revenue.

Our critics accused us of promoting higher taxes that would drive business out of Illinois and hurt the state’s economy.

An odd accusation, given the current sorry state of…

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