To the Editor:
I am writing in response to Kevin Craver’s May 17 article, “Bill stripping mass transit boards of pensions heads to governor,” and to your Editorial Board’s piece, “Our View: A rough week for the Obama administration.”
Both articles commendably highlight the work being done by state Rep. Jack Franks to cut waste in state government, but neither mentions a detail crucial to fully understanding this issue: tenacity.
Franks fights for what is right, even if he gets turned away the first or even second time. He has introduced legislation to cut the pensions of part-time board members at state agencies several times, yet only this time did it pass.
Last year, after passing a landmark property-tax reform bill through the House, the state Senate would not allow it to come to a vote under pressure from taxpayer-funded lobbyists. This year, those lobbyists blocked the same bill in the House. Despite this, several taxing bodies in McHenry County have voluntarily frozen their levies the past two years. I believe they did this in response to the overwhelming support among voters for Franks’ approach to property-tax reform.
I wish more politicians shared Franks’ approach to leadership. Fighting for what is right might not always produce clear political victories, but it does make clear to forces representing the status quo that changes for the better cannot be stopped.