The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Illinois State and County Budget Cuts

Nov 23, 2020

The pandemic has meant fewer taxes coming into local governments. But do the politicians propose rolling back the tax breaks and subsidies they hand out to the corporations? Of course not.

Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board President, proposes to lay off 130 workers from the Cook County Health System—in the middle of a pandemic. Cook County is the biggest hospital serving the poor and uninsured.

Illinois Governor Pritzker told state departments to prepare for 5% cuts this year, and 10% for next year. That will mean big cuts to education, roads, and parks.

As always, as in every crisis, the political servants of the ruling class throw the weight of the crisis onto the back of the working class.