Illinois mayors are saying the state should think twice before shifting the state’s pension problems to local governments. Lawmakers are proposing taking money away from revenue sources that are usually reserved for local governments to help solve the state’s pension problems.
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But Springfield Mayor Mike Houston says that will only result in two outcomes, raising property taxes or layoffs. He says that means fewer police and firefighters. “They need to deal with the problem and not simply shift that burden from everyone in the state of Illinois onto local taxpayers,” Houston says. Houston says the state needs a combination of revenue increases and cuts to programs to get out of the mess it’s in.