The Illinois Federation of Teachers President Dan Montgomery is speaking out following Governor Pat Quinn's budget address.
"It is unfair for Governor Quinn to present this false choice between pensions or pencils," Montgomery said. "Springfield lawmakers created the massive pension debt by skipping payments and borrowing more. To call that debt an education expense is not only a gimmick, but an insult to teachers everywhere. We are not to blame, and our students shouldn't suffer."
Montgomery went on to say that all the current proposals are attempting to balance the state's budget on the backs of teachers and public employees, which is an unpopular approach.
"Polling shows a majority of taxpayers do not support this approach and neither should their representatives. Benefit costs are a mere fraction of our fiscal crisis, and so slashing our life saving is both unjust and pointless."
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