“I think sometimes the governor has to be the quarterback and call the play. Legislators can react to each of those signals but it’s not time for running in place,” Quinn told reporters in Chicago before catching a flight to Springfield. “I’m not going to let the legislature send me a half-baked budget that does not include funding for those important services. If they do, we’ll have to send it back and we’ll have to go into double overtime.” […]
The governor stopped short of saying he’d veto the spending plan lawmakers already approved, but said he will “not accept” it.
“If they throw that my way tonight, they will see it thrown right back at ‘em,” Quinn said. “For those who might be advocating things in the budget that are unfair, are not humane, or indecent, I’m not going down that road.”
*** UPDATE - 11:56 am *** Here’s some video of GOP Leaders Cross and Radogno before today’s leaders meeting taken from another reporter’s video. Cross complained about how the Democrats are continuing to shut the Republicans out of the process…
And SEIU is holding another Statehouse rally today protesting the budget meltdown…
*** UPDATE 2 - 12:16 pm *** Democratic Rep. Jack Franks, a possible attorney general candidate, says the governor shouldn’t sign the capital bill yet because it’s funded by video gaming…
*** UPDATE 3 - 12:20 pm *** As I told subscribers this morning, the governor has flip-flopped yet again. This time, on a temporary budget, which he has totally ruled out for weeks…
Gov. Pat Quinn isn’t ruling out a temporary budget as a way of buying more time to reach a final budget deal.
“I’m willing to listen to anybody with a reasonable plan,” said Quinn, who until now has rejected the idea of a temporary budget. Quinn made the comments this morning when arriving at his Capitol office for a meeting with legislative leaders.
[ *** End of Updates *** ]
* Tell The Governor to Rescind His Order to Secretary Adams: Last week, Governor Quinn ordered DHS Secretary Carol Adams to proceed with the implementation of the draconian budget cuts. When agencies asked how to deal with the thousands of people who will be displaced by these cuts, the Secretary had no response.
Do it Gov, veto the their “budget plan” and keep the mushrooms in the town until they do their jobs. They have done nothing but avoid hard choices all year. Make them do what they were elected to do. Either pass a fully funded budget or on record for the cuts which need to be made.
Was it smart for Quinn to make all the Doomsday threats regarding social services spending. Now that the legislature is planning on giving him $2.2 billion for that, where does he go. They called his bluff. Now he is talking about programs for returning vets. How expensive can that be? I’m sure the legislature would be happy to give him targeted funding for that program as well. So would Illinoisians.
But it’s not going to be enough for our Pat. He wants many billions over the next couple of years…and not too much oversight on how he spends it either.
Franks makes a lot of sense. Too bad everyone is so starving for some tax money to spend that they want to base funding on video poker. This is the laziest funding solution and will have big negative impacts (this isn’t a moral thing). Video poker has failed in other states and it will come up short here too.
Actually the repubs failed to timely file the bills, and then attempted to have the GA vote on new laws no one had been provided to create talking points. The GOP was more interested in the press release then any actual serious consideration of new legislation.
Besides I am not sure taking one of the lowest per person medicaid payment systems in the country and adding in an extra level of management and its costs, together with the fact that this added layers of costs for management would cause us to lose billions and billions in federal federal matching funds is reform. Moving backwards, increasing costs, adding a layer of beuracracy and losing federal money are not what I would call reform.
But the GOP sure loves its meaningless press releases. pparently the GOP support of Blago includes it loves of meaningless acts in place of true leadership.
You know Rich: This bunch of “drama queens” are playing a game. I wish you would just say that. There are no reasons why the money has to be held up.
When the state got rid of Blago the reasons for delay went w/him. Now the Dems are simply creating a path for the Repubs to reclaim the Governor’s Office and Legislature in a few years. The Dems have shown they do not care to govern. I say this as a Dem, but less of one than I used to be.
In 1991 there was a real fight over the budget that involved poor people on General Assistance. Approximately 100K people lost their $154 a month to Gov. Edgar’s Republican conservative policies. Yes, I lost that fight and he won.
The fights of today are such crap compared to that hard fought fight. I think it’s a shame you and other media give so much credibility to these “drama queens” in their stage play.
There are agencies that are going to be closed and on furlough starting tomorrow. Many of us will be filing for unemployment. I wish they would quit blaming each other and lead the state as they were elected to do.
Of course I want you to cover the Statehouse, just put theses utterances in a better perspective! i’m not suggesting you don’t cover the doings, but foster a better understanding of how and why the manipulations occur.
Doug, I’m not sure what you’re reading, but that’s what I’m trying to do. Maybe you don’t agree with my analysis, whatever that is because you didn’t explain it, but I am trying hard and to the best of my abilities to put it all into perspective. Maybe not every point in every story and every post, but geez, man, over the past month do you think I’ve missed the big picture? And, if so, how?
Easy, you know better than most that just about all the HGOP bills were introduced for press release purposes. When they were “voted down” on parliamentary procedures, the HGOP campaign operation immediately blasted robo-calls into targeted House Districts.
There is no way that those bills in May were anything but campaign politics.
- Quinn T. Sential - Tuesday, Jun 30, 09 @ 1:13 pm:
Has anybody seen the projected machine distribution count by county/township/municipality for the video poker machines, and the projected revenue per machine? How about providing old QTS a link if you do?
I have a feeling that more locals than they might expect will proactively opt out; but I am not sure whether the bill allows the reallocation of machines by locale, or licensee, so tht the same total number of machines are out there generating revenue overall, and that the WPD will not be overly influenced one way or another.
This is the most insanly idiotic thing I have ever seen. No one is even paying attention to the facts. What good does it do to provide a budget knowing you cannot pay the bills.
We need to shut down the government. Giving a one month extention of a budget knowing we can’t pay the bills is only going to make it worse. Schools are going into a new physical year way behind on funding promised to them last year. We can’t keep digging the whole.
State union workers in Illinois are defending 50 million dollars worth of pay raises set to take effect July 1, the same day devastating cuts to social service agencies are threatened to take place.
Forty thousand employees who work for the Department of Human Services, the Department of Children and Family Services, and the state prisons, will receive a 3-and-a-half-percent raise starting July 1st. The estimated pricetag, according to the union, is 50 million dollars. The contract was negotiated a few months ago.
The union says it met with the Governor’s office last week and isn’t ready to concede anything.
(Keep in mind that according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall prices have declined by more than 1% over the past year.)
Jack Franks for attorney general? I hope he runs so I can help his opponent win the Democratic primary. Anyone but Franks! I remember in Denever last summer how he was going around telling anyone who would listen about being a delegate for Hillary.
- CircularFiringSquad - Tuesday, Jun 30, 09 @ 2:54 pm:
Actually the union raises are worth about $125 million. I think it is worth reposting that the IL State Police developed a revised budget plan that avoided layoffs, but GUMBY said all spending plans must have lay offs
Is that $50 million just for the raises that kick in tomorrow or for the whole package through Jan. which I believe is a raise and two COLA’s, or two raises and a COLA. Either way, a nice chunk of change. Or is the total where the $125 million figure comes from.
- Arthur Andersen - Tuesday, Jun 30, 09 @ 6:18 pm:
CFS, please tell the great unenlightened here how ISP could meet the reduced budget targets without reducing headcount. I agree that it’s indeed “very sad” to contemplate the layoff of State Troopers, investigators, forensic scientists, or the good people that support police work.
If the State Police has to cut, and they can’t cut people, there ain’t a lot left. Would the Troopers just sit in their own driveways and run radar? Allow crimes to only be committed on Tuesday to reduce investigative and forensic expenses? Those sound like the GUMBY AA knows.
It’s also sad, and disingenious, to create false hope, rile up constituencies, and just generally jerk people around with version this and version that of budget scenarios that never will come to pass.
Oh, but wait-CFS, you and your crew are the masters of that pathetic little game.