— Michael Nardi (@iPublicPolicy) November 15, 2016
Republicans made big time gains over the last several years. However, I am not seeing them act on a lot of the issues that are important to everyday people. Now is the time to hold their feet to the fire. What are Republicans afraid of? They should be bold right now and pass legislation that will help everyone. Stay away from the shiny objects that always distract them.
Where is the legislation on public pension reform? Only Indiana passed it under previous governor Mitch Daniels as far as I know. Reforming pensions will be good for workers, and ease the burden on taxpayers. It will also be attractive to new workers. The Federal government would recognize huge cost savings in budgeting by enacting pension reform. So would state and local governments. It’s time to do it.
My own state of Illinois is 100% bankrupt because of public pensions. So is virtually every county and city. In states like California, New York, New Jersey and Kentucky, it’s not much different. Pension reform has to happen now and there is nothing to be afraid of. Public unions don’t support Republicans.
Where is the legislation on school choice? I am hopeful that Trump’s Education nominee will help enable all states to pursue school choice. If we want to give everyone equal opportunity, we better give them a chance when they are young. School choice can break the back of a highly bureaucratic stuck in the mud standardized guaranteed to fail public school system. Create hope for communities that need it via school choice. Remember, competition is good and there is no competition for public school systems today. School choice will raise up the public school system too.
Where are the modifications of workman’s compensation regulations? In Illinois, we have stringent workman’s comp regs that cause businesses to flee the state. More importantly, there is a large opportunity cost from businesses from choosing to NOT locate here. Certainly, we need to protect workers. But, we can’t have unfair laws and regulations that are applied unevenly.
Why aren’t corporate taxes and regulations dropping in these states? Corporations can create jobs. That can create side businesses and small support businesses that create even more jobs. When are the 32 states going to get into gear and make it so people in their state can participate? If Trump rolls back corporate taxes to 15%, there will be a lot of corporations looking to expand inside the US. States that have 0% tax and low corporate regulations will benefit.
If Republicans go back to their traditional business as usual, they are cooked. If you have confidence in the ideas that you talk about, put them into action. Having 32 different school choice programs in 32 states will allow 32 different experiments to take place all at the same time. People complain about not having good data-32 simultaneous experiments will give them good data.
It’s up to Republicans to show they are on the side of individual liberty and property rights-things they campaigned on. I think there are some Democrats that Republicans can persuade to get on board. Certainly, many of the Senators that will be up for re-election in states that Trump won handily should be persuadable.
I totally love what Economist John Cochrane wrote about Trump’s first 100 Days. I suggest every Republican governor read it and put it to work. It’s up to us as citizens to hold their feet to the fire-and toss em out if they don’t make it happen.