Candidate for Illinois governor Bob Daiber joined 4 The Record this week for a conversation. This is the second part of that discussion.
Let’s talk education.
Daiber states his policies would get school districts where they need to be financially by funding general state aid 100 percent.
Daiber would pay districts backlogged categorical payments and restructure money for categories by demographics.
These all sound like lofty goals, but not necessarily realistic.
Daiber didn’t explain the specifics of his plan to get this done and what difference these would make to schools, but said what has been done to this point can’t continue.
“The new formula is more fair but it’s $16 billion short in revenue,” Daiber said. “And we didn’t receive all of the categorical payments from last year until this past December. So we have got a long stretch to go to find $6 billion extra to fully fund it. The concept is good, but there are some amendments I think that have to be made to the policy.”
Daiber’s approach to crime focuses on reaching kids before they wind up in trouble and fall into a pattern of criminal behavior.
That includes setting up mentoring programs in schools, bringing back after school programs and provide support to local law enforcement.
Daiber said he has set up a pilot program made up of corporate volunteers that would help pay for the school programs. As far as additional school security, he’d like the money set aside solely for school construction to become flexible, so “each school to be able to pay for a school resource officer that is armed to be in those buildings to protect kids.”
Daiber’s solution to the state’s pension crisis sounds a lot like his budget plan.
Issue state bonds to manage the pension liability, adopt a progressive income tax and negotiate pension debt.
Daiber discussed the specific changes he would make to shore up the state’s pensions.
“No one wants to lose their pension,” Daiber said. “So you go the organizations that have annuitants that are involved and you negotiate with them: ‘Since this is unconstitutional, what are you willing to do?’ Now, the Illinois Education [Association] in their policy guide said that they actually support a tax on pensions. They would support it.”
Watch the full interview in the video above.
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