Well Pat Quinn's brilliant idea of having a commission who could impose all sorts of pension solutions went down in flames today, fortunately.
Have we really reached the point where we need to outsource the ability to raise taxes to a commission? If so, with only some irony, why bother having a full legislature meet? Why not just have 8 people decide everything and then have the legislature meet for a week to kill what they want and the other stuff just becomes law.
Really, if the legislature is incapable of dealing with serious issues (which the governor by making this proposal seems to be implying) and making hard decisions why bother having a legislature at all.
At the very least, why not have a legislature that is paid next to nothing and only meets for a month or so? That way if someone loses their election, it is not the end of the world for them?
At the very least, why bother having a governor if this is the best he can come up with after working on this issue for months, night and day.