Illinois State Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, blew a gasket on Tuesday after leaders in the Democrat-controlled General Assembly delivered new pension-reform legislation at the end of the session's last day. The video above captures Bost's blast, which included throwing the bill into the air, punching at the cascading papers and quoting Moses' words to Pharaoh: "Let my people go."
On Wednesday, Bost explained that the bill's last-minute introduction in the waning moments of the 2012 session set him off.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Republicans didn't like the bill "because of a gradual cost shift from the state to suburban and Downstate school systems, which for the first time would have to pay teacher and administrator pension costs instead of the state."
That would trigger either education cuts or tax hikes that suburban and Downstate Republicans can't tolerate.
House Speaker Mike Madigan dropped his proposal late Wednesday night.
Illinois unfunded state public pension obligations reportedly total $83 billion.