A Republican candidate for the state legislature is also a long-term member of AFSCME… but says he can balance his loyalties to both.
Mike Bell is a veteran educator who has taught for years in the Illinois prison system. He says pension reform must be fair to state workers… and must keep the promises that the state has already made. But Bell says it makes sense to do that, because those pension payments help keep the economy vibrant in communities with large numbers of state workers and retirees.
Bell says the state’s pension benefits are not overly generous, and the crisis is the fault of the state not meeting its obligations. He suggests the state’s temporary income tax increase could be made permanent… with the money earmarked for pension payments.
Bell is running in the 96th House District for the seat currently held by Democrat Sue Scherer. Bell appeared live Monday on the 970 WMAY News Feed.