HAPPY 200TH BIRTHDAY ILLINOIS!


200 years ago on this day in 1818, Illinois entered the Union as the 21st state. At the time, Illinois’ population of about 35,000 was mostly concentrated in the southern part of the state (the capital was in Kaskaskia). Today Illinois is a sprawling, diverse state with nearly 13 million residents. Over the past two hundred years Illinois has produced award-winning writers such Lincoln biographer Carl Sandburg and playwright Lorraine Hansberry (A Raisin in the Sun); a treasure trove of military heroes, entrepreneurs and exceptional athletes. Illinois has hosted major events like the World’s Fair in 1893 and launched world renowned companies like McDonalds which reshaped the American economy in the 20th Century. Here’s to the next 200 years of a thriving Illinois that continues to make a positive impact on the world!

Governor Rauner and Governor-Elect Pritzker are scheduled to make a joint appearance at the State’s birthday party tonight at Navy Pier. The event will bring together singers, dancers and athletes with connections to Illinois for a celebration of our state’s triumphs and heritage. Colors and trophies will be presented as reminders of the achievements of these men and women on behalf of all Illinoisans. With a focus on entertainment, sports, and life, the event will be a fast-forward way for Illinois celebrants to experience the past two hundred years in the Land of Lincoln.

To learn more about the Illinois Bicentennial, please visit www.illinois200.org.  

The Illinois House of Representatives is back in session today. Session is scheduled to begin at 12:00pm. You can watch or listen LIVE online by visiting the Illinois General Assembly website HERE. Several House Committees are meeting this morning while others will convene this afternoon following session.  

Residents of the 42nd District are invited to attend Representative Ives' final Town Hall Meeting on the "State of the State". The Town Hall Meeting will be held at 7:00pm on Tuesday, October 30 at the Wheaton City Hall Council Chambers, located at 303 W. Wesley Street in Wheaton.

Learn the truth about the Illinois state budget, what it means for taxpayers, and the outlook for Illinois' future. Representative Ives will also be discussing legislation she has worked on. Come out and join the conversation and make your voice heard.

Please be aware this is NOT a political or campaign event. No political materials of any kind will be permitted. We will not be discussing the upcoming election or candidates. This Town Hall Meeting is being held as an opportunity for residents of the 42nd District to hear directly from Representative Ives on state issues, legislation, and the Illinois state budget.

The 42nd District includes portions of Wheaton, Winfield, Warrenville, West Chicago, Naperville, Carol Stream and Lisle. Please call Representative Ives' office at (217) 558-1037 with any questions.

WHEATON – In the wake of a Cook County Inspector General report that J.B. Pritzker engaged in a “scheme to defraud” taxpayers when he sought and received $330,000 in improper tax breaks on one of his Chicago mansions, State Representative Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, has sent a letter to the Illinois Department of Revenue requesting a complete and immediate evaluation of all Pritzker-owned properties to ascertain whether the tax assessments were made accurately. 

“When people like J.B. Pritzker hide their property wealth, public schools around the state are shortchanged and Illinois taxpayers are left holding the bag,” Representative Ives said. “Illinois’ education funding formula relies on a fair system to assess property statewide in order to fund K-12 education. Illinois’ working families deserve to know whether an individual who expects to be Governor has gamed the system on any of his other properties to benefit himself at the taxpayers’ expense.”  
The following PowerPoint was prepared for small group presentations and town halls.  I am happy to share this in person with your organization or neighbors and explain the details and answer any questions.  Please call my assistant Nicole at 217 558-1037 if you would like me to present my State of the State Brief to your business, non-profit or other community group.  I am also trying to schedule a District 42 Town Hall and an email and press release will be sent out on the date when that will occur.

Thank You
Jeanne




Take a few moments to check out the latest headlines impacting Illinois taxpayers, along with my view:

My Perspective: I predicted this and said so during the school funding debate. Now that state taxpayers must pay the normal cost of Chicago teacher pensions, required by the passage of SB1947 – the new school funding formula – lowering the interest rate means state taxpayers will pay even more towards Chicago teacher pensions leaving less for the classroom. In 2000, the CTPF was nearly 100% funded. Then the politicians, in concert with the union, failed to pay in for 13 years. They asked for a further reprieve from funding for 3 more years but I was able to kill that bill on the House floor in 2013. CTPF is about 50% funded with unfunded liability around $11 billion.

CHICAGO – The Illinois House Committee on Tourism has decided to postpone a hearing scheduled for Friday, October 12 to review allegations of financial mismanagement on the part of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, the nonprofit entity tasked with raising money for the taxpayer-supported Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield.

Representative Ann Williams, D-Chicago, Chairperson of the Tourism Committee, informed Representative Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, of her decision this afternoon, hours after the October 12 hearing date was posted on the Illinois General Assembly website.

“It is imperative that we hold public hearings as soon as possible on this very important issue that has received national media attention,” Representative Ives said. “Back in the August the Foundation Board voted in a private meeting to begin the process of finding an auction house to sell off artifacts in the Museum’s collection. Public hearings are essential to get to the bottom of all the unanswered questions about how the Foundation has managed their funds and how they intend to pay off their debt.”

Representative Ives has filed legislation, House Bill 5958, to make the ALPLF subject to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Open Meetings Act laws. Doing so would disclose all the Foundation’s financial records and meetings to the public.

Please call Representative Ives at (217) 558-1037 for more information. Background information concerning this matter can be found HERE.
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CHICAGO – The Illinois House Committee on Tourism will hold a hearing at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 12 at the Michael A. Bilandic Building to review allegations of financial mismanagement on the part of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation (ALPLF), the nonprofit entity tasked with raising money for the taxpayer-supported Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, State Representative Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, announced today. 

Ives made the announcement after speaking with Representative Ann Williams, D-Chicago, Chairperson of the Tourism Committee. The Committee will also schedule a follow-up hearing in Springfield during the Fall Veto Session of the General Assembly in November.

Recent media reports have highlighted the Foundation’s massive debt and controversy surrounding the authenticity of a stovepipe hat purported to have belonged to Lincoln, which is part of the collection at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield. 

“We will work together on a bipartisan basis to get to the bottom of this matter and provide Illinois taxpayers with the transparency and accountability they deserve,” Representative Ives said. “A lot of unanswered questions remain about how the Foundation has managed their funds and how they intend to pay off their debt.”

State Rep. Jeanne Ives
September 19, 2018


A few weeks ago I highlighted the shocking lack of transparency taking place at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation (ALPLF).

Now, Dave McKinney with WBEZ in Chicago is reporting on two separate findings – including an FBI analysis – that there is insufficient evidence that the stovepipe hat in the Museum’s collection purported to be Abraham Lincoln’s actually belonged to him. The hat in question cost the ALPLF $6.5 million to acquire back in 2007. This is critical, because the ALPLF has already auctioned off artifacts in the museum’s collection (and are considering auctioning off more) to help pay off their massive debt – debt incurred from their own negligence and lack of accountability. 


Those responsible for this shocking lack of transparency and flagrant mismanagement of taxpayer funds should be held accountable – and the State of Illinois must act to ensure nothing like this ever happens again.

This year, the FY19 state budget allocates $11 million to operate the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM) in Springfield. The ALPLM Foundation, which operates nothing in the museum, siphons off bookstore profits and rental fees and sells unlimited admission with membership but doesn't share that with the taxpayer-funded museum.
State Rep. Jeanne Ives

The Illinois State Fair opens Thursday, August 9 and runs through Sunday, August 19 at the State Fairgrounds in Springfield. Whether you go every year or have never been before, there are many family-friendly activities and attractions at this year’s State Fair to celebrate Illinois’ Bicentennial.


Bringing kids to the State Fair? Check out this list of daily kids’ activities taking place!

While in Springfield, you may also want to visit the newly-renovated Illinois Governor’s Mansion at 410 E. Jackson Street, which re-opened to the public on July 14. Check out the Chicago Sun-Times article for a photo slideshow that gives you a look inside the Mansion. The $15 million dollar renovation was financed entirely with private funds. No taxpayer dollars were used.

If you and your family are as busy as mine this time of year, I will sign off for now. Look for another update from me in the coming weeks with details for my Town Hall Meeting in September and a preview of what to look for during the General Assembly’s Fall Veto Session in November.

Sincerely,
Jeanne


I love being a state representative.  Everything I focus on whether it relates to taxes, education, budget or regulation – in the end – impacts people’s lives.

Then, there are the times when everything you are working on truly impacts specific people you know.  There is a face behind the legislation, a human being whose quality of life lies in the hands of bureaucrats and politicians. In these final few months of my holding office as state representative, I am working on about 12 different specific issues that need tenacious advocacy and a story must be told so that bureaucrats change how the state does business.

This is one of the first stories, as published in the July 30 online edition of the Chicago Tribune:
Rep. Ives accepts the award from the
Illinois State Crime Commission on June 20.
WHEATON– State Representative Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, was presented with the 2018 “Protector of the Family” award by the Illinois State Crime Commission at the organization’s 22nd Annual “Salute to Those Who Make a Difference” Awards Dinner held at Drury Lane in Oak Brook on Wednesday. Representative Ives was recognized for being a strong, relentless advocate for Illinois families and taxpayers as they face one of the highest overall tax burdens in the entire United States.

“I am deeply grateful to the Illinois State Crime Commission for this award,” Representative Ives said. “Families and taxpayers are being crushed by taxes in Illinois, driving jobs and opportunity out of our once flourishing state. Property taxes are a prime culprit, and the political ruling class in both parties has failed to deliver solutions. Fighting for real, meaningful property tax reform has been one of my most passionate causes during my six years in the Illinois General Assembly. That fight will continue.”

This year’s award dinner was dedicated in memory of the late Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer, who was killed on February 13 while attempting to detain a suspect who had fled from police moments earlier.

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Speaker Madigan’s Chief of Staff and House Clerk Timothy Mapes resigned on Wednesday after a House employee came forward with specific allegations of bullying and harassment in the workplace. This development is only the latest in a string of public exposures of the pervasive culture of sexual harassment and intimidation that exists in the Illinois Capitol; and the shocking lack of accountability that permits it to continue. 

Denise Rotheimer, Alaina Hampton, Kelly Cassidy, Maryann Loncar, and now Sherri Garrett come forward after 300 women signed a #MeToo letter last Fall....and the only thing leadership in Springfield does is mandate sexual harassment training as a solution. It’s a farce.

There is a culture problem that leadership is not addressing. There is a power problem when you can't trust the politicians to oversee the complaints. There is a fairness problem when as a complainant you have no rights when you file a complaint. I have no doubt Speaker Madigan knew this was going on. Tim Mapes, his top aide, has resigned. Madigan should be forced out by his members who keep him in power.
Today, State Representative Jeanne Ives called for House Speaker Michael J. Madigan’s Chief of Staff Tim Mapes to step down over allegations of sexual harassment. Ives additionally advocates for a transparent reporting process in Springfield.

"The office of House Speaker is powerful and carries with it a great deal of responsibility. Tim Mapes, like Kevin Quinn, abused that power," said Ives.

"And it is because of Speaker Madigan’s failure to carry out the responsibility of his leadership position that we’re at this point. He failed to do his job and ensure that a Legislative Inspector General was in place and that complaints were handled in a timely manner.

“Because of his failure, numerous women have been hurt – professionally and otherwise. His own Democratic members should call for him to step down from his position as House Speaker just as Senator Ira Silverstein was removed from his leadership position in the Senate.

“Last fall, over 300 women signed a #MeToo letter. Since then women like Denise Rotheimer, Alaina Hampton, MaryAnn Loncar and now Ms. Garrett have come forward to share their stories. “These women are forced to come forward publicly because they know if they report to the Legislative Ethics Commission they will just be reporting to the same offending politicians.

“Additionally, because of Denise Rotheimer’s experience, women also know that if they report harassment in Springfield, they will have no rights as they go through the investigative process.
“The lack of accountability in state government is stunning and unacceptable.

“Leaders like Madigan, Mapes, and Lou Lang have abused their power long enough. It is time that the people of this state hold them accountable for their actions at the ballot box and by demanding a transparent reporting process in Springfield.

“We should have a system that checks the abuses of those in power. Under Speaker Madigan and Tim Mapes, however, we have a system where those in power abuse and protect each other from accountability.”

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State Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, responds to a partisan attack on President Donald Trump by a Democrat legislator during debate on Senate Bill 454. legislation regarding the individualized education program (IEP) for special education students.




SPRINGFIELD – In response to allegations of abuse made against Representative Lou Lang at a Capitol press conference today, State Representative Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, is calling for the legislative ethics system to be reformed and strengthened to better protect alleged victims who come forward with claims of abuse or misconduct.

“Today we had a woman come forward, Maryann Loncar, with specific allegations of bullying, harassment and intimidation against the Deputy Majority of the Illinois House, Representative Lou Lang. The current legislative ethics process to adjudicate allegations of abusive behavior like these is clearly broken. The bottom line is, complainants need rights and deserve to have their voices heard and their allegations fully investigated. The current process does not adequately allow for that. Nor does it hold offenders fully accountable. We will never end the culture of sexual harassment and abusive behavior in state government unless and until the adjudication process is fixed. It is ironic that the self-appointed champion of the Equal Rights Amendment finds himself at the center of these latest allegations.”

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State Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, speaks during debate in opposition to HB 3342, legislation to implement the FY 2019 Illinois state budget.

State Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, speaks during debate against Senate Bill 2939, legislation proposing to sell seats of admission to the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) to out-of-state residents. Rep. Ives believes admission to IMSA should be for qualified Illinois students.

State Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, speaks during debate against Senate Bill 2546, legislation to expand the public sector union for graduate assistants at Illinois’ public universities, which has demonstrated anti-military bias by urging STEM workers to “take the pledge to refuse employment from all militaries and defense companies."

State Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, speaks during debate in opposition to HR 1025, a resolution calling for Illinois to implement a Progressive Income Tax system.

State Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, speaks against SB 193, which would create a “Worker Protection Unit” within the Office of the Attorney General to further over-regulate the business industry on various labor issues. The bill failed on a vote of 67-49, having required 71 votes to override the Governor's veto.

Rep. Jeanne Ives was honored to speak at the Warrenville VFW Memorial Day ceremony. They had a full program of speakers and music. 500 flags were on display as well as the replica of the Vietnam War memorial wall. Well done, Warrenville.

On this Memorial Day, we pause to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedoms across the generations. May God Bless our fallen soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guard personnel as well as those they left behind; grieving families and a grateful nation.

I would like to share with you a message from University of Illinois President Dr. Tim Killeen in observance of Memorial Day. I appreciate Dr. Killeen's strong recognition U of I's long history of supporting military students and veterans over the years. This heritage is something we can all be proud of. You can read Dr. Killeen's message below, or on the University of Illinois President's webpage by clicking HERE.

Happy Memorial Day from the Ives Family to yours.

- Jeanne

Apparently, some in higher education have forgotten that both freedom and peace must be defended. That defense requires the brightest minds and most advanced equipment available. Yet, the socialist Graduate Employees’ Organization (GEO) of the University of Illinois is urging STEM workers to “take the pledge to refuse employment from all militaries and defense companies.”

The GEO is an organization that went on strike three weeks before the end of semester. The strike yielded these teaching assistants taxpayer-funded pay increases over the next three years of 9.5%, an increase in health coverage costs to 87% from 80%, guaranteed tuition and fee reimbursement, child care assistance, and grievance protection from “micro-aggressions.” 

Of course, these benefits are virtually unheard of in the private sector. It is truly concerning how out-of-touch many in our higher education system seem to be.

The Illinois House of Representatives returns to Springfield today. Session is scheduled to begin at 4:00pm. You can watch or listen LIVE online by visiting the Illinois General Assembly website HERE. You can follow session live all week.  Here are the start times:

SPRINGFIELD – State Representative Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) filed legislation on Tuesday in response to a proposal outlined by economists with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago that Illinois enact a statewide property tax assessment in addition to the property taxes Illinois homeowners already pay.  Specifically, the economists suggest a special property assessment they estimate would be about 1% of actual property value each year for 30 years; leading to an average increase of 40 percent to an Illinois homeowner’s property tax bill. 

Representative Ives’ House Resolution 1072 calls on the Illinois General Assembly to oppose any legislative proposal or initiative that would enact a statewide property tax assessment. An Illinois homeowner living in a home valued at $184,000 (the median home value in the United States) pays approximately $4,300 in annual property taxes. Many Illinois homeowners pay far above that average. Comparatively, a homeowner in Wisconsin pays approximately $3,600; in Michigan, $3,200; in Iowa, $2,800; in Missouri, $1,800; and in Indiana and Kentucky $1,600.
The following testimony and supporting documentation was provided to members of the Cities & Villages Committee on Tuesday, May 8 during a subject matter hearing on HB 5644, legslation introduced and sponsored by Representative Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton:

Chapter 9 bankruptcy option for municipalities
Testimony of Mr. Mark Glennon, Founder and Executive Editor, Wirepoints, Inc.

Is Chapter 9 Bankruptcy the Ultimate Remedy for Financially Distressed Municipalities: Are There Better Resolution Mechanisms?
Testimony of James E. Spiotto, Co-Publisher of MuniNetGuide.com

Testimony of the Honorable Scott Eisenhauer, Mayor of Danville

Beyond Harvey: Many Illinois municipalities running out of options
Wirepoints Special Report by Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner





The Illinois House of Representatives returns to Springfield today. Session is scheduled to begin at 12:00pm. You can watch or listen LIVE online by visiting the Illinois General Assembly website HERE. House Committees will meet this afternoon following session.
Today at 3:00pm in Cities & Villages Committee I will be providing testimony on House Bill 5644; legislation I have introduced to establish a neutral evaluation process for financially stressed communities throughout Illinois to explore the option of restructuring their debt obligations. Ted Dabrowski from Wirepoints.com published a detailed study on the financial crisis facing many communities throughout Illinois and its implications for taxpayers. You can read that report by clicking HERE.

The Illinois House of Representatives returns to Springfield today. Session is scheduled to begin at 12:00pm. You can watch or listen LIVE online by visiting the Illinois General Assembly website HERE. House Committees will meet this afternoon following session.
Next Friday, April 27 is the 3rd Reading deadline for all House bills, meaning that all legislation which originated in the House of Representatives must be called by that day unless an extension is approved, typically granted to a small number of bills each year.
After that, the House is adjourned until Tuesday, May 8, from which point we will remain in session nearly every day until our scheduled adjournment on May 31, the deadline to pass a new state budget for FY 2019, which begins this summer on July 1.
To let me know what YOU think the State’s budget and spending priorities should be, please click on the CONTACT tab on the menu toolbar above or call my Springfield Office at (217) 558-1037.  I look forward to hearing your feedback.
Sincerely,

Jeanne Ives
State Representative, 42nd District


Rep. Ives Statement at Press Conference in Harvey, Illinois
April 16, 2018

The Illinois political ruling class has been scamming people for generations into believing that math is an opinion.

Like all scams, this one is coming undone as the truth and the inexorable math can no longer be denied.

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Last week, the truth of decades of scamming people to prop up Ponzi schemes caught up to the City of Harvey when officials announced their intent to layoff about half of their firefighters and police officers. 

In Illinois it appears there is nothing more important than elections. That’s why the Illinois House of Representatives has not met in over a month. The Primary Election was held on March 20, yet the politicians who control the legislative calendar saw fit to give themselves plenty of time off to campaign – and then even more time to vacation in the nearly three weeks since. Who cares about the state budget? Who cares about the crushing tax burden on Illinois families? Who cares about reforms that would increase jobs, growth and opportunity in Illinois? Judging based on the legislative calendar, apparently not the politicians in charge.  

The consequences of taking so much time off this spring means we have a condensed time period in which to hold hearings on literally hundreds of bills in committee and to pass a state budget by the end of May. This Friday, April 13 is the deadline for House bills to be heard in committee. That’s right, after taking more than a month off we’re being given one week to consider hordes of new bills, intentionally rushing them all through the legislative process. Incredibly, many committees have not held hearings at all yet this spring! Now they are expected to complete all their work in one week.

Yesterday the Illinois House of Representatives took a number of votes related to the regulation of guns.  None of the bills are directly related to making schools safer, government more accountable, or addressing the problem of disaffected and troubled people intent on committing atrocities.

The Parkland shooter was a troubled teen with numerous behavior problems that schools ignored, local law enforcement ignored, and even the FBI dropped the ball on despite being provided specific credible threats about the shooter, which they failed to investigate. 

Our natural reaction in the wake of a tragedy is to take action. Action can and should be taken to better protect our schools and to keep guns out of the hands of those who suffer from mental illness. I believe we can do so without infringing upon the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners in the State of Illinois. There must be a greater emphasis on access to mental health services and intervention by family and law enforcement agencies BEFORE a tragedy occurs. School safety must also be our utmost priority.
The Governor's annual Budget Address is taking place at Noon today in Springfield. You can watch or listen LIVE online by visiting the State of Illinois website HERE or the Illinois General Assembly website HERE

To let me know what YOU think the State’s budget and spending priorities should be this year, please visit the CONTACT page on this website on the menu toolbar above or call my Springfield Office at (217) 558-1037.  I look forward to hearing your feedback.

Sincerely,

Jeanne Ives
State Representative, 42nd District
Greetings from snowy Wheaton! 2018 is off to a busy start as I prepare to file a series of new bills and re-file previously introduced bills aimed at making our state government more accountable and less intrusive while taking concrete steps toward enacting meaningful property tax relief and constitutional pension reform.

2018 may well prove to be the fork in the road for Illinois; a choice between continuing down the path of fiscal recklessness or the difficult-but-necessary decisions that must be made to restore stability to the Illinois budget and growth to our economy.  With that in mind, the Illinois House of Representatives is scheduled to return to Springfield for the start of the 2018 legislative session on Tuesday, January 23. 

If you and your family are as busy as mine this time of year, I will sign off for now and let you scroll below for more updates. As always, please don’t hesitate to call me at (630) 384-9719 with any questions or to schedule an appointment. Your feedback is always welcome and appreciated.

Sincerely,
Jeanne

Rep. Ives: Keeping You Informed

New legislation would ban taxpayer-funded harassment settlements in Springfield” Illinois News Network: With a wave of harassment accusations in Springfield, lawmakers want to ensure their colleagues accused of misconduct aren’t bailed out by Illinois taxpayers… read the full story here

Illinois Losing 1 Resident Every 4.6 Minutes to Other States” Illinois Policy Institute: New data from the U.S. Census Bureau are revealing the severity of Illinois’ people problem. From July 2016 to July 2017, Illinois saw a net loss of nearly 115,000 people to other states on net, or 1 person every 4.6 minutes… read the full story here

ISBE Doubles Budget Request, Seeks $15B to Fund Evidence-Based Model” WTTW/Chicago Tonight: Approving a new evidence-based funding model for public education last year was the first step in improving Illinois’ long-broken formula. Now the state has to find a way to pay for it. The Illinois State Board of Education on Wednesday unanimously approved its fiscal year 2019 budget request, seeking nearly twice as much funding from the state – approximately $15.7 billion – in order to help districts across Illinois find equity and meet their adequacy targets…read the full story here

Op-Ed: Medicaid work requirements for able-bodied, childless adults make sense” Illinois News Network: Helping people when they're down is admirable. Helping people who are down learn how to help themselves is both admirable and far more sustainable, financially, in the long term. That's why the Trump administration's decision last week to allow U.S. states to develop work-requirement programs for healthy, childless Medicaid recipients is a smart one. Under the new guidelines, individuals with disabilities and small children, women who are pregnant, and the elderly would be exempt from the work requirements…read the full story here