Cal Skinner is thinking something similar in his column in the Leader here -- although Governor Blagojevich is pledging to keep his campaign promise (which is a good thing) and not raise the 3% state income tax by stating that he will veto any bill like HB 750 that would fund our poor schools with a 4 or 5 percent income tax (depending on how much tax relief you throw into the mix), that only means the magic number of representatives rises to 72 and senators to 36 to pass good policy.
If a veto-proof super-majority of legislators decide that our schools need more money, our wealthiest taxpayers who get their state taxes subsidized by the feds aren't paying enough and we can figure out the accountability piece so we're not just throwing new money into bad teachers or old pensions, then the Governor's signature is not a requirement.
Lots of Republican districts are poor. They benefit from a bill like HB 750. I believe there are more than 72 House districts that would benefit -- economically objectively -- from a move like HB 750. I believe that if legislators voted exclusively based on the economic interests of their districts, HB 750 would become law over Governor Blagojevich's veto. And to me, that means the opportunity for better lives for children in poor schools remains tantalizingly close to Third Reading.