Mayor Rahm Emanuel Pushes For A 20 To 30 Cent Per Gallon Increase To Fund Major Transportation Bill
Mayor Tiny Dancer and his cabal of suburban mayors have introduced a bill to raise gasoline tax by 20-30 cents statewide to benefit road repairs in Chicago. In my opinion, dear friends this statement is, in a word, horseshit. The real reason they want to gouge more out of taxpayers is to alleviate the more than $200 billion in unfunded pension benefits owed to the many public union employees who retired in their 40s to live on full pay and 100% paid for medical. You can bet a lot of union bosses are getting their share of the spoils.
“We are facing a historic moment, and I stand with a group of bipartisan mayors on behalf of a new transportation bill that should happen in Springfield,” Emanuel said alongside the mayors of Park Forest, Hazel Crest, Oswego, Fox River Grove, Joliet, Batavia, Broadview and Ford Heights.
“Our state can’t wait any longer,” Emanuel continued. “Over the last four years, we’ve been stuck in neutral and the states in the surrounding area — Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Iowa just to name a few — have passed transportation bills with gas tax increases.” The mayor noted all of the states were controlled by Republican governors and legislatures at the time of the tax increases.