Sunday, June 14, 2009

Better than Tom Roeser w/ Rep. Jack Franks: Berkowitz w/ Rep. Hamos on Taxes and AG race; Cable and Streaming

Jeff Berkowitz: Attorney General [race]. [State Rep.] Jack Franks may be running. [State Comptroller] Dan Hynes--

State Rep. Julie Hamos [D-Evanston]: Fine, Bring them on, the more men, the better. I’m happy.
State Rep. Julie Hamos [D-Evanston]: …if I walk up to any random group of people…and I say to them—Have we made a case to you on what a state budget deficit means? Do you get that? Is that important to you? Inevitably, people will say, we have no idea what that means to us. And, I then say, if we haven’t made that case, do you support a tax increase? And, people inevitably will say, “No, I don’t.” [Watch State Rep. Hamos here; she is the featured guest on the suburban edition of Public Affairs this coming week].
Jeff Berkowitz: …The Illinois public, at this point, does not support an increase in the income tax?

State Rep. Julie Hamos [D-Evanston]: No, I don’t think they do because they don’t really understand what’s really impacted and what’s affected.

Jeff Berkowitz: But, you voted on May 31st in the Statehouse for a modified version of Gov. Pat Quinn’s proposal to increase the income tax?

State Rep. Julie Hamos: Yes, I did [ Ed. Note: Rep. Hamos was one of only 42 State House Democrats who voted to increase the Illinois income tax; There are 70 Democratic State House members. All Republican Senate and House members voted against an increase in the income tax. The tax increase failed in the State House 42 to 74. A larger income tax increase passed the Illinois Senate. Democratics have large majorities in both the State House and the State Senate.].
Jeff Berkowitz: Attorney General race. [Dem. State Rep.] Jack Franks may be running. [Dem. State Comptroller] Dan Hynes--

State Rep. Julie Hamos: Fine, Bring them on, the more men, the better. I’m happy.

Jeff Berkowitz: [Dem.] David Hoffman, that’s your strategy. Split the male vote and you’re going to win?

State Rep. Julie Hamos: Absolutely.

Jeff Berkowitz: What’s the key issue for running for Attorney General in the State of Illinois? The Democrats failed on reform.

State Rep. Julie Hamos: Integrity. People who are honest and will tell the truth.

Jeff Berkowitz: Pay to Play…

State Rep. Julie Hamos: People who will tell the public the truth. And, will be honest with them. And, will not pretend that there’s billions of dollars of savings in everything.

Jeff Berkowitz: Should they bring back capital punishment? Is it time?

State Rep. Julie Hamos: No. Well, we have capital punishment.

Jeff Berkowitz: No. Lift the moratorium? Should it be done?

State Rep. Julie Hamos: No, not really. Not until we really reform our criminal justice system.

Jeff Berkowitz: Should we have more treatment for drug offenders

State Rep. Julie Hamos: Of course.

Jeff Berkowitz: As opposed to putting them away in jail. Is that one of the answers?

State Rep. Julie Hamos: But, with this budget, those programs are also crashing and burning.

Jeff Berkowitz: What’s the key issue of running for Attorney General?
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