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Gov: No more temporary bailouts; door open to sales tax hike

It may be too little too late, but Gov. Blagojevich finally is showing a bit of leadership on the transit funding issue. And just 13 days before service cuts and fare hikes are scheduled for CTA riders.

Still, it's good to see that Rod is "loathe to suggest" a third temporary bailout of the CTA before the Jan. 20 Doomsday. Since he came riding in on his white horse twice previously just before the original September and November Doomsdays, it was refreshing to hear him rule out that possibility and put the onus on legislators to find a long-term funding solution.

Even more positive is the news that Blago might sign a bill that contained a tax hike, such as the 1/4 of 1% sales tax hike that SB 572 calls for.

From the Tribune's Clout Street blog:

Asked if he would sign legislation that increased the sales tax, Blagojevich hinted he might be able “to improve” a bill so that enough constituencies are satisfied. If it’s a bill that includes an increase in sales taxes to fund transit, then so be it, the governor said – just send it his way.

“If, however, the legislature believes in that (sales tax) bill, they ought to pass that bill and give me a chance to improve it,” Blagojevich told reporters in Chicago.

“There are a lot of creative things you could with the ability to rewrite legislation and I’ll leave it at that,” he added. “If they believe in that bill, they ought to pass that bill. We want them to pass something and give me the ability to act.”

When pressed on how he would “improve” the bill if he remained dead-set against increasing the sales tax, Blago said only: “Stay tuned. Stay tuned.”

Blago also is making it easier for riders to get messages to legislators by setting up cameras in the James Thompson Building downtown that folks can use to record diatribes.  Transit users also can send messages directly from the state's Web site.

If only he had shown such leadership months ago. We may not be in this mess right now.

Comments

Precisely. Anyone with 3 brain cells can tell you that Blago's leadership on this one has sucked. It's about dang time he showed up on this one.

Umm, Allie, what makes you think he is showing leadership now? He is pretending to show leadership, like he has been doing for several months, but I'm not sure why you seem to be impressed with his latest stunts. Real leadership involves working things out behind the scenes. Calling press conferences and blaming others for a problem (even when those people are partly responsible) when the situation is mostly your fault is not leadership.

How on earth does she seem impressed? People are so rude on this blog.

It's not so much Allie who thinks (incorrectly) that Blago has changed his ways so much as Kevin. Wasn't Kevin pointing the finger (correctly) at Blago yesterday? This isn't leadership, it's just more BS.

I second Allie's comment!

It's about time Blago showed up!!! Although, I'm not really sure he has, yet. He's starting the talk, but I want to see action -- more than just copying (and co-opting) the action plan of Tony Coppoletta and the folks at http://www.savechicagolandtransit.com/actnow.asp

That site has been trying to rally people and legislators since at least summer. Where was the Gov?

Kevin is an incurable optomist, and the rest of us are cynical pessimists/pessimistic cynics as my dad would say.

I'm fine with the whole "record your video message and the governor's office will give it to each legislator" thing as long as the Governor agrees to watch the messages too. He claims he's all about helping "people", but more often than not, his policies hurt more people than they help... this is 13 days away from being a prime example. The House seems to have enough votes to pass SB572; hopefully if Rod is seemingly on board he can convince Emil Jones to get the Senate on track to passing this thing so we can make a responsible investment in public transit that will last the region a good 10-15 years.

Please go and read the related post to this on capitol fax blog. "Stay tuned," is not a softening of the Governor's stance. An amendatory veto still has to be ratified by a simple majority of the legislature, and the Governor's whole point on this in any case is to "amend" the sales tax right out of the picture. Would the legislature ratify an alternative revenue source of the governor's? If he has in mind a rerun of his attempt at a gross receipts tax or something, I heavily doubt it. I think his game plan is to put the legislature between a rock and a hard place, but they are not going to play ball on this after what has happened over the past year.

Hey Kevin -- you should FOIA the videos and post them on youtube. I suspect they will be less favorable than the Governor expects ...

I2

I think you're right, I2--people have been very free in blaming all levels of state government, as well as some city. Blagoytoy will find (if he bothers to watch or read) he's not too popular, either.

"How on earth does she seem impressed? People are so rude on this blog."

1. Did you read Allie's whole post or just the first two sentences? Did you notice her statement "It's about dang time he showed up on this one."?

2. What about my post did you find rude? All I did was ask her to expand on an opinion she stated. I have no clue how anything in my post could be construed as being rude. The purpose of this blog is for people to have discussions about the CTA. Sometimes discussions involve asking questions about others' opinions and challanging beliefs. Discussions involving disagreements are not neccessarally rude. In fact, they are a vital part of life and is how people form opinions. And yes, this post is mildly rude but I think justly so after you accused me of being rude.

Hey MK, I was massively frustrated at Blago's lack of leadership on this. The crisis has been going on for years, and he shows up as the hero at the 11th hour? Something about that didn't (and still doesn't) quite square with me, given the work that folks like Julie Hamos and Save Chicagoland Transit have done.

I know my tone was completely (and probably unnecessarily) snarky, and for that I apologize. I'm sick of, and over, the whole affair.

Did you read Allie's whole post or just the first two sentences? Did you notice her statement "It's about dang time he showed up on this one."?

Yup. And I didn't jump to the same conclusion you did.

2. What about my post did you find rude?

For starters, "Ummm" is pretty snarky. Second, your jump to the conclusion that she was championing him as showing leadership when she said no such thing. You asked her to expand upon something she didn't state. It was strange, frankly.

And yes, this post is mildly rude but I think justly so after you accused me of being rude.

I accuse many people on this blog of being overly confrontational with other posters, and that includes the blog owner. I know we're all upset about the transit thing, but gentleness, people, gentleness.

Dear Governor Rod,

I propose a solution to our transit finance conundrum debacle, why don't we tax cats to raise money for the el, and double-tax pet clothes!

Daniel (Hello Kitty's boyfriend)

"Second, your jump to the conclusion that she was championing him as showing leadership when she said no such thing. "

I did not do anything of the kind. Nowhere did I say she was championing the governor. Quite obviously, she was doing the opposite by critisizing him for not exerting leadership until now. I was pointing out that he was doing it now either. When someone is "impressed" with something it does not neccessarally mean that they are happy with the person responsible. You may wish to look at the dictionary defintion of impress: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/impressed Allie indicated she was obviously impressed with Blagojevich's recent rheteric when she stated "it's about time he showed up on this one". The fact that she (like nearly everyone) is not a fan of Blagojevich on this issue does not mean that her positive response to his recent press conference is not being impressed. And I used the word "umm" to express surprise at her statement, not to be snarky. I know some people automatically assume that using the word "umm" on the computer is rude. But I tend the use it the same way people do verbally, sometimes for the purposes of rudeness and other times, such as this case, to express surprise at a statement. I was not being rude. And, quite frankly, I have no idea why she has now apoligized to me since there was nothing for her to apoligize for.

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