Rafael News Archive: October, 2009
Slashing Spending and Shrinking the Budget Day 5
posted: October 30, 2009 • Categories: Slashing Spending
Throughout this week I’ve tried to show you that by looking through the Illinois budget we can cut tons of waste. We don’t have to cut the core services or propose Draconian budgets like the Democrats constantly frighten constituents with just so they can push through tax increases. What we need is...
Slashing Spending and Shrinking the Budget Day 4
posted: October 29, 2009 • Categories: Slashing Spending
So far I’ve listed over $42 million in programs that can be cut. Aside from the various grants that I identified yesterday, the state has put its money into many other programs that cannot be considered necessary or appropriate. Springfield could find itself spending more time addressing the real...
Slashing Spending and Shrinking the Budget Day 3
posted: October 28, 2009 • Categories: Slashing Spending
Perhaps the reason for today’s cuts are because Illinois politicians have for years had a lapse of judgment. The state currently awards hundreds of millions of grant money to private and nonprofit institutions for various reasons. The reason I include these on our journey towards fiscal...
Slashing Spending and Shrinking the Budget Day 2
posted: October 27, 2009 • Categories: Slashing Spending
When it comes to spending money, Illinois has spared no expense for some of its projects. Our government has been a leader in throwing money into our school systems with no results. This isn’t limited to preK-12 education either, but our state college system. There is an overwhelming need for a...
Slashing Spending and Shrinking the Budget Day 1
posted: October 26, 2009 • Categories: Slashing Spending
We are all very aware of the difficult financial crisis Illinois currently faces, but many of us wonder how we can get out of it. Year after year the politicians in Springfield pass budgets filled with frivolous spending and unnecessary programs. While cutting the budget this year alone will not...
Rivadeneira Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge
posted: October 23, 2009 • Categories: Campaign Updates
Challenges Other Candidates for House District 41 to Sign
ELMHURST - Rafael Rivadeneira, Republican candidate for House District 41, signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayer Protection Pledge. He is the only candidate in his race to do so.
By signing the pledge, Rivadeneira took a stand to...
Limiting Politicians’ Power through Term Limits
posted: October 12, 2009 • Categories: Issues
The corruption in Illinois State government has made us a national joke. We need to change that. Along with reducing elected officials salaries as I mentioned early in my campaign, I would like to enact term limit reform. A majority of states across the country have some form of term limits and...
Protecting the Pension from Politician’s Hands
posted: October 02, 2009 • Categories: Issues
One of the main pieces of reform Illinois desperately needs is within our pension system. For years Illinois’ legislators have been borrowing money from the pension fund to pay for its budget shortfalls and countless pork projects. When many of the older state employees start to take retirement,...