* 1:05 pm - Here we go…
Responding to news that state Comptroller Dan Hynes plans to run against him in next year’s primary, Gov. Pat Quinn said today his rival was a “no show” during this year’s rocky budget negotiations.
Quinn questioned Hynes’ leadership abilities, saying as governor he chose to take the tough stance of backing a tax hike to help plug the state’s budget hole while Hynes remained silent.
Quinn said while he went to bat against lawmakers who sent him an unbalanced budget, “a lot of financial people in government, I didn’t hear from. I didn’t hear anything.”
“And I think they need to, you know, ask themselves if you want to be a governor, you can’t be somebody who’s a no-show when it counts,” Quinn said.
Hynes did come out with an alternative plan, which included expanding the sales tax to luxury services and expanding gaming. Stay tuned for a response.
* 1:33 pm - Speaking of the budget, this is from a press release…
…available on our Web site is a one-pager from Larry Joseph, who heads the Budget & Tax Policy Initiative at Voices for Illinois Children. This document walks-up our preliminary estimate of a $10.3 billion budget shortfall for FY2011, which begins next July… In other words, absent significant new revenues, Illinois will have to cut $10.3 billion from its budget next year just to keep treading FY2010’s miserable waters.
I’ve been saying $10 billion for some time now, so I’m glad that Voices is backing me up. Here’s the breakdown…
Loss of one-time revenue from FY 2010
Federal ARRA (recovery) funds 1,400
Pension obligation notes 3,466
Fund sweeps 350
New mandated spending
Increase in pension contributions 1,200
Debt service on pension notes 750
Carryover deficit 3,200
The governor is in an awfully big glass house to be throwing stones on this budget.
* 1:41 pm - Not exactly germane, but Rep. Bob Biggins won’t run again. From a press release…
….State Representative Bob Biggins (R-Elmhurst) announced today that he would not seek another term. Biggins has been a member of the Illinois House of Representatives since 1993.
“It is truly an honor to serve the citizens of the 41st district and a privilege I take very seriously,” said Biggins. “My family is making a change in where we live which has prompted my decision not to run for re-election.”