For legislative leaders, the task now is to sell the pension restructuring proposal to their members.
The General Assembly will convene Tuesday, and Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) says it will not be an easy job to pass this. “Getting the votes is always a very fine line to walk, and that’s not just for me, that’s for all the leaders. You have individuals in every caucus who one particular element is very important to them, and what we’re trying to do now by putting this together is make sure we have the votes to get the thing passed,” she said.
There will be organized opposition from the affected workers applying pressure to lawmakers; they are being urged to call lawmakers today and Tuesday and ask them to vote no.
Also, there’s some question as to whether lawmakers will have had the time to properly digest the proposal before voting, but supporters say there’s nothing new; lawmakers are familiar with all the concepts.
The measure raises the retirement age, and ties cost-of-living adjustments to inflation, supposedly to save the state $160 billion over 30 years, erasing an unfunded pension liability of $100 billion.