Why do Illinois voters tolerate unfair scales and balances for inflation inequity and taxation fairness?

A Chicago Tribune article titled: Most aldermen will get a 9.6% raise next year. Some are calling for new limits to City Council pay, reported

“The policy that ties City Council pay to inflation has been in place for 16 years, and it was considered politically expedient because it allowed aldermen to get annual raises without having to take potentially unpopular votes.”

A Citizen Tom Blog Post series titled:  Why is Inflation a Tax? gives various explanations on why and a clue about higher productivity to motivate legislators to improve pay scales in their communities inorder to earn a pay raise for themselves instead of inflation percentages.

Another article by Illinois Policy states:

“Aldermen currently make $115,000 to $130,000 per year. After a $12,530 raise, the highest-paid aldermen will make $142,772, which is over double Chicago’s median household income of $62,097, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. ‘

The Purpose of This Post

Is to relate a King Solomon proverb on how the use of automatic pay raises based on inflation percentages for 5O Chicago Alderman and many various Illinois government employees is inequitable and unfair for taxpayers.

King Solomon

The LORD demands accurate scales and balances; he sets the standards for fairness. (Proverb 16:11 NLT)

The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender. (Proverb 22:7 NIV)

What’s My Point?

Automatic inflation pays raises tied to inflation are unfair because using percentages based on salaries benefit higher salaries workers than average workers..

For Example

The alderman salary will increase their individual total amount of pay raise to $12,530 a year.

Compared to the average salary family workers medial income of $62,097 to only half that amount even if the household has two people working compared to the one alderman increase.

In My Opinion

Illinois voters are fools to keep voting for politicians who pass laws that cumulate over time to allow it to be more profitable to work for as a government employee than private industry worker who pays taxes.

Add the total debt for pensions of retired city workers now totals over 140 billion dollars because each year benefits included automatic 3 percent pay increases far exceeds the social security payments of private industry workers and 401K benefits.

Add that many government employees can retire at 50 and work to obtain both pensions and addition income while private industry workers must work until 65 years.

In my opinion, the clue to motivate all legislators is to pay them a fixed amount and give them a bonus when they accomplish raising the average medium household salaries in their communities instead of adding more debt to taxpayers.

Also, to change from using percentages to an average total amount that inflation based on the individual consumption of what an individual will incur on the items used by the government to calculate for inflation. Or in other words why is one individual to be compensate $12,590 and another half that amount by using percentages instead of set amounts.

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You Decide

Why do voters keep voting for the same legislators in Illinois and to allow them to pass laws to increase their salaries based on inflation percentage, instead of set amounts or productivity? Productivity to reduce the number of government services and employees to compare with other States with higher solvency ranking than Illinois.

For Example,Chicago has 50 alderman, and Los Angeles, with double the population, has more residents has only 15.

Illinois has with 6,963 units of local government; Illinois beats its nearest competitor by more than 1,800.

Illinois ranking is 35 compared to other States.

Illinois solvency ratings are 50th and 46th in the Nation. s

Illinois: The Most Democratic State: The Democrats have controlled the governor’s mansion and both houses of the legislature since January 2003. They stayed in power even after their two-time governor was impeached following one of the biggest corruption scandals in the state’s history”

Based on this information, who will we vote for or consider to be the wisest or foolish managers for Illinois,Mayor of Chicago in the upcoming November 2022 and Feb 2023 alderman elections?  

Regards and goodwill blogging

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 As Chicago aldermen eye 9.6% raises, some call for pay caps. (chicagotribune.com)