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The White House 

WHITE HOUSE MEMO
President Donald J. Trump believes our moral duty to the taxpayer requires us to make our government leaner and more accountable. Today’s announcement of his “Comprehensive Plan for Reforming the Federal Government and Reducing the Federal Civilian Workforce” returns the Federal government to its primary purpose, to provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty.
MORNING:

  • 11:30AM: President Trump meets with House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte

AFTERNOON:

  • 3:00PM: President Trump meets with Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg of NATO
  • 3:25PM: President Trump leads an expanded bilateral meeting with Secretary General Stoltenberg
  • 4:00PM: President Trump holds a joint press conference with Secretary General Stoltenberg – Watch LIVE
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President Trump leads a strategic and policy CEO discussion.
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President Donald Trump attends a strategic and policy CEO discussion in the State Department Library in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. (Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen).
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Unleashing American Business: President Trump is committed to cutting red tape.
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PRESS ROOM
Watch yesterday’s press briefing with Sean Spicer:

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Read the Background Press Briefing on Syria here.

Read the On-the-Record Press Briefing on a Comprehensive Plan for Reforming the Federal Government and Reducing the Federal Civilian Workforce here.

NEWS REPORTS
  • Washington Examiner: “Trump suggests ‘major streamlining’ of Dodd-Frank, perhaps elimination”
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  • CNBC: “Trump promises again to revamp Wall Street reform rules”
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  • Washington Examiner: “AG Sessions on US-Mexico border: ‘This is the Trump era’”
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Source: Will County News

Illinois state workers are the highest-paid state workers in the country

Illinois AFSCME workers receive, on average, nearly $110,000 in total compensation

Illinois state workers are the highest-paid state workers in the country.  From Illinois Policy

The highest state worker salaries in the nation, overtime pay, generous state pensions, taxpayer-subsidized health care coverage and free retiree health insurance for career workers combine to give the average Illinois AFSCME worker six-figure annual compensation.

Illinois state workers not only enjoy the nation’s highest state worker salaries when adjusted for the cost of living, but they also receive many benefits that are unheard of in the private sector. Those benefits help push up total compensation for the average Illinois state worker represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees to levels in excess of $100,000.

 

AFSCME illinois state worker pay

Getting to $110,000

Where does that $110,000 figure come from? In addition to salary, five factors contribute to AFSCME workers’ generous compensation package.

  1. Base salary: $65,824. The average state AFSCME worker received a base salary of nearly $66,000 in 2015. Illinois’ state workers – 35,000 of whom are represented by AFSCME – have the highest pay of any state workers in the country, when adjusted for the cost of living.

That base salary has grown significantly over the past decade. The average AFSCME median salary (median salary is used for an apples-to-apples comparison with the private sector) increased 41 percent from 2005 to 2015. During that same period, median private sector earnings in Illinois remained virtually flat.

AFSCME illinois state worker pay

  1. Overtime pay: $5,994. Those average salaries have been supported by nearly $6,000 in average annual overtime pay, further contributing to the size of workers’ future pension benefits.
  1. Annual pension benefit: $11,065. The average pension benefit granted to workers – the benefit cost for one additional year of work, or the “normal cost” – exceeded $11,000 in 2015.

Those yearly benefits reflect the fact that a career state worker, someone who works 30 years or more, will receive on average $1.6 million in benefits over the course of his or her retirement. That’s on top of Social Security benefits, which nearly all state workers receive.

AFSCME illinois state worker pay

  1. Health care benefit: $14,880. AFSCME workers also receive Cadillac-level health care benefits – platinum benefits at bronze-level prices. Taxpayers subsidize almost $15,000, or 77 percent, of each state worker’s health care costs, which total more than $19,000 per year.

AFSCME Illinois state worker pay

  1. Retiree health insurance benefits: $10,873. The average worker also received nearly $10,900 in future retiree health insurance State workers receive a 5 percent reduction from the cost of their retiree insurance premiums for each year they work for the state. Under this deal, the state pays for 100 percent of future retiree health insurance premiums for an employee who works 20 years for the state.Since a vast majority of Illinois state workers retire with 20 or more years of service, Illinois taxpayers pay for the entirety of those workers’ retiree health insurance costs. The total cost of this benefit can be as high as $500,000 in today’s dollars, per employee.

AFSCME illinois state worker pay

In all, AFSCME total annual pay and benefits are worth just under $110,000 per member.

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AFSCME demands more, but taxpayers are tapped out

AFSCME and the state have been fighting over the terms of a new contract for the past two years. Most recently, proceedings have been tied up in the court system.

Rather than accept the terms of the state’s contract offer, AFSCME is now threatening to strike if its demands – which would cost taxpayers $3.1 billion more over a three-year period compared with the state’s proposal – are not met.

AFSCME’s demands include additional state worker salary, health care and pension benefits. Specifically, AFSCME leaders are seeking raises ranging from 11.5 to 29 percent, a 37.5-hour workweek, up to five weeks of vacation and enhanced health care coverage.

It’s time Illinois politicians got their priorities straight and supported the state’s attempt to reform worker pay and benefits.

Most Illinoisans don’t have a six-figure compensation package. And they are already suffering under one of the nation’s worst business climates, a shrinking population, a high unemployment rate, collapsing manufacturing, stagnant incomes and the nation’s highest property taxes.

Illinoisans need reforms, not tax hikes.

The Illinois Policy Institute has laid out the worker pay and other reforms Illinois needs in Budget Solutions 2018. The plan fills Illinois’ budget hole, provides tax relief to struggling homeowners through a comprehensive property tax reform package, implements pension reforms that begin an end to the state’s pension crisis, and enacts major reforms to state spending on Medicaid and state worker health care benefits.

TAGS: AFSCME: American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, health insurance, state worker pay

Source: Will County News

Property Taxes increase = Property Value decrease

Editors note:

When discussion of raising the Property Tax Levy at local elected Boards begin, B0ard Members are told by staff, Superintendents,  and or chairs of the Finance Committee how much money they need.  The discussion is rarely if ever on cuts in spending. Public Sector employees on average according to Illinois Policy make 38% more than those not funded by tax dollars in the private sector and are rarely laid off or terminated. Public Sector employees expect a raise every year. New programs that benefit the community are initiated despite the cost pushing up the property tax Levy in the name of all the benefits for the people. This is unsustainable and forces people to leave to places they can afford. Problem is in selling a high taxed home with a huge water bill like in Homer Glen Illinois where no one wants the excessive cost. Local Boards need to understand the difference between needs and wants.

The State of Illinois is broke and has no budget for so long with more bills than revenue, and no light at the end of the tunnel. The Democrat answer is to raise taxes. The republicans say cut spending. On a local level the majority of Boards raise taxes despite campaigning on cutting taxes. In the meantime my taxes keep going up and my property can’t be sold unless I drop the price is a common statement I hear quite often. Just ask yourself “At what dollar amount in property tax will I be forced to move because I can no longer afford it”.

 

https://www.illinoispolicy.org/story/home-is-where-the-hurt-is-how-property-taxes-are-crushing-illinois-middle-class/

Source: Will County News