SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Republican candidates take on the budget

Friday, Oct 30, 2009

* This looks like an interesting idea

One of the handful of Republicans running for Illinois governor says he doesn’t want to shame Illinois into paying some of its three-billion dollars in unpaid bills.

But Bill Brady says if that’s what it takes, then so be it.

Brady has introduced a piece of legislation that would force the Governor and Comptroller to list all of Illinois’ unpaid bills on line, so vendors and tax payers know who’s waiting to be paid.

Brady says the list would insure against clout and mismanagement.

More

Brady said Thursday that the governor and comptroller now have too much control over the order in which bills are paid. He argues that opens the door to favoritism.

Those seem to be good points. But here’s the catch

the state would be required to pay the bills in the order they’re received.

As Greg notes, this idea would “limit the ability of the state to prioritize.” He’s right.

* Another Republican gubernatorial candidate has some ideas

Schillerstrom’s law would require spending, budget and tax legislation to be posted online a full three days in advance of a vote in the General Assembly, thus allowing for public and media scrutiny.

Schillerstrom’s platform also calls [for] zero-based budgeting, in which state agencies “must account for every single dollar”; a cap on spending using a formula based on population growth and inflation; and independent budget certification, separate from the comptroller’s office, in which the governor would return any budget he or she determines is not balanced back to the General Assembly.

In my opinion, spending caps tied to inflation are not a good idea because too many things like health insurance rise far above the CPI. It’s basically just death by slow strangulation. But that idea for independent budget certification is worth a look.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that while these may be good ideas, they don’t solve the problem.

* Republican gubernatorial candidate Andy McKenna sent out a press release this morning which once again compares Pat Quinn’s budget-making to Rod Blagojevich’s…

In light of Pat Quinn’s latest assault on future generations by seeking to borrow another $1 billion, family businessman and gubernatorial candidate Andy McKenna today stood by his comments that when it comes to taxes and spending, Pat Quinn is just like Rod Blagojevich “with a little less hair.”

“Pat Quinn’s quest to borrow another billion dollars to feed his hungry appetite for more government spending only confirms he’s just like Rod Blagojevich,” said McKenna.

I asked for clarification on this slam because the latest Quinn borrowing idea is short-term. It has to be repaid by the end of the fiscal year, so it’s not really an “assault on future generations.”

“The point of the release is to highlight the fact that his answer for everything is borrowing and spending and taxes,” explained a McKenna spokesman. “It’s more borrowing to feed that spending habit… Whether it’s short term, it still keeps all these programs alive down the road.” He also claimed that the more borrowing the state does, the more expensive borrowing becomes because of our lowered credit rating.

* Sen. Kirk Dillard also piled on…

Republican candidate for Illinois governor Kirk Dillard today tried to console Illinois residents who may be frightened by Democratic control in Springfield. “Don’t be fooled by the masquerade party in the governor’s office or the Legislature,” said Dillard on the eve of Halloween.

“We have a guy dressed up as Governor who can’t decide which the way the wind blows on any given day,” said Dillard. “He and another goblin running for governor are ready to rip out the wallets of taxpayers and take more of their money. If I’m scared of what they’ll do next, you can imagine the average voter,” Dillard continued.

Dillard noted the steady exodus of jobs from Illinois during the past eight years. “It’s no wonder companies are leaving the state. They’re frightened by the poor business climate, fearful of higher taxes and scared off by the lack of innovative thinking,” Dillard said. “They’re also afraid of the ethical cesspool in Springfield and what monster might crawl out next.”

Noting the Democratic Party’s inclination to give out “treats” in the form of new programs and higher spending, Dillard said he would take out his budget chainsaw if elected governor and make sure the state lives within its means. “We don’t need any more tricks in Springfield,” Dillard said.

Dillard and his wife Stephanie will be trick-or-treating with their two daughters this weekend.

That was the emptiest press release I’ve seen in a very long time.

* Dan Proft has posted a video of GOP gubernatorial rival Sen. Bill Brady in which Brady claims that last year’s state budget deficit was just $2.5 billion.

“Pat Quinn, the Democrats and some others want to inflate it so you’re scared to death and believe the only answer is tax increases,” Brady says. Watch it


I asked Brady about this yesterday and he said there’s a difference between the “deficit” and the “debt” that the state is carrying over from year to year. I didn’t quite get his gist and asked for more info, but haven’t received it yet. I’ll pass it along when I get it.

* Organizers say two thousand people will show up for this event

The Homer-Lockport Tea Party group will host its third event — a forum featuring five Republican candidates for Illinois governor — Wednesday, Nov. 4, in Homer Glen.

The forum, planned to begin at 7 p.m. at DiNolfo’s Banquet Hall, will include a question and answer session with the Republican candidates running for the gubernatorial primary on Feb. 2, 2010. According to Steve Balich, an organizer of the event, Republican candidates Adam Andrzejewski, Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard, Dan Proft and Bob Shillerstrom have confirmed their attendance to the event. Balich added that the Democratic candidates, notably Dan Hynes and current Gov. Pat Quinn, have declined to attend. Those not with the two main parties were not invited, he said.

“This event will be about the issues we are facing in the state of Illinois and will give people a chance to hear what these candidates have to offer,” said Balich, also the Homer Township clerk. “This isn’t going to be a formal event — it’s going to be tea party-style… People will be bringing signs in protest and will be able to ask candidates questions on the spot.”

Discuss.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


22 Comments
  1. - Louis Howe - Friday, Oct 30, 09 @ 11:16 am:

    Establishing an independent balanced budget certification is an excellent idea. Many years ago former State Senator Howe Carroll would rise on the senate floor and declare that the state’s budget was balanced. I think he derived that authority from his own ego, but something needs to be done. It’s long past time to “Stop Cook’n the Books.”


  2. - wordslinger - Friday, Oct 30, 09 @ 11:18 am:

    Whoever wrote the Dillard release started their Halloween partying early. Are businesses really scared off the “the lack of innovative thinking” in state government?

    Wasn’t there an announcement in the SJR the other day about a Springfield business shutting down and moving to Mexico? I doubt if that had to do with innovative thinking.


  3. - J - Friday, Oct 30, 09 @ 11:31 am:

    I’ve noticed Andy McKenna has really been absent from these forums/debates. Any ideas why?


  4. - Anon - Friday, Oct 30, 09 @ 11:31 am:

    Appears Proft has finally figured out Brady is the frontrunner. Wondered how long it would take.


  5. - Anon - Friday, Oct 30, 09 @ 11:34 am:

    McKenna has ZERO organization. He’s fired the only field staff he had, and will get little help from GOP county chairmen across the state. Ironically, just like Blago, he’s planning to campaign by press release and tv ad. We’ve seen governing like this before, too. We all saw how that worked out.


  6. - Will County Woman - Friday, Oct 30, 09 @ 11:36 am:

    I agree that Bill Brady is looking/sounding interesting. I have taken notice of the fact that he has a business background and political experience, which are ideal qualities in governors. it seems that the more successful governors tend to have business and political backgrounds.


  7. - A Naughty Moose - Friday, Oct 30, 09 @ 11:48 am:

    Let’s see here.

    Jim Edgar says blind opposition to a tax increase is “foolish or irresponsible” because “You can find waste and cut it all out, and you won’t make a dent in this budget deficit.”

    Kirk Dillard, or his PR hack who should be fired, says “Goblins are ready to rip out the wallets of taxpayers and take more of their money.”

    I guess Edgar endorsed an irresponsible fool?


  8. - shore - Friday, Oct 30, 09 @ 11:55 am:

    The other day kirk, mark version released ads he’s doing on the radio apparently trying to guard his right flank even though as team america notes, his conservative opposition has just about evaporated. Considering how expensive the general will be it was an interesting move and suggests to me he is still worried about a tea party/conservative insurgency along the lines of what’s gone on in upstate new york.

    I am sort of curious to see if that sort of uprising will come against Dillard.


  9. - Scooby - Friday, Oct 30, 09 @ 12:02 pm:

    What’s going to happen if any of these idiots actually win?


  10. - Rich Miller - Friday, Oct 30, 09 @ 12:03 pm:

    Scooby, tone it down, please.


  11. - northsider - Friday, Oct 30, 09 @ 12:06 pm:

    Brady has zero money and he has the leaders of conservative groups against his campaign. You can’t lie to people and expect them to just forget! If he has no money and the grassroots are against him how does he win?


  12. - Obamarama - Friday, Oct 30, 09 @ 12:13 pm:

    Shore, is it possible for you to post a comment without referencing Mark Kirk? He isn’t even mentioned in the thread, nor is his race, nor are his primary contenders, nor are his Democratic counterparts, nor is the 10th CD.

    Anyhow… Schillerstrom’s idea has some merit. Why not include all legislation, though? Require that the language be posted on the ILGA’s website 48 hours before final action can be taken–including amendments to shell bills. Of course there would need to be a provision for emergency legislation.


  13. - Pot calling kettle - Friday, Oct 30, 09 @ 12:20 pm:

    It would be nice if someone would show up at the tea party and ask the candidates to list the items they intend to cut to put the budget in balance without a tax increase.

    All this talk of pocket picking and irresponsibility should go both ways. None of these guys will list 11 billion, 9 billion or even 2.5 billion in cuts.


  14. - CircularFiringSquad - Friday, Oct 30, 09 @ 12:29 pm:

    Captfax & Scooby:
    We love it when you lump all these “plans” together you quickly understand that even if you piled up all these candidates together ( like the Cubc College of Coaches Disaster) they could run Illinois or any other state


  15. - Greg B. - Friday, Oct 30, 09 @ 12:49 pm:

    I think (guessing) Brady means the deficit is the amount of money the state is short of this year to balance this year’s state budget. The debt is the accumulation of monies owed.

    And northsider, I don’t necessarily believe that a lack of support from conservative leaders is a bad thing for Brady. On the one hand “insiders” believe his voting record is two conservative to win a general. On the other, lot’s of conservative leaders don’t like him. Which is it?

    And can he exploit that split in attitudes with a Goldilocks argument?


  16. - train111 - Friday, Oct 30, 09 @ 12:52 pm:

    Pot

    You’re right on the money. More meally mouth nonsense out of candidates and no concrete answers from any. How about some real answers about what is going to be cut and what taxes need to be raised to get out of this mess. It took years to get us into this mess, and will probably take several to get us out.

    I’m tired of all the party talking points, and quite frankly anybody who says that their going to solve the budget crisis by simply ‘cutting out the fat’ is only blowing so much smoke up our butts.

    A challenge to all candidates–Get rid of the ‘canned’ answers. Step out and take a real stand–Leave the DC and Party talking points at home and actually give us some specifics about what you plan to cut or raise to get us out of this. Stop blaming the other side too. Both parties are equally culpable for this situation in my mind.

    train111


  17. - northsider - Friday, Oct 30, 09 @ 2:17 pm:

    Greg B
    How do you have any ground forces if your grassroots don’t walk for you? Who will do your mailing to these people? You can go around them but that takes money.


  18. - Pot calling kettle - Friday, Oct 30, 09 @ 2:22 pm:

    In yesterday’s answers from the candidates, only Dan Hynes was willing to take on the question, and his answer shows some of the difficulties with cutting “waste.”

    Hynes’ website includes his plans with some specifics and a lot of generalities, but it is a start.


  19. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Friday, Oct 30, 09 @ 2:55 pm:

    State “debt” is far more than $2.5 billion.

    Brady ignores:

    - Bills from the current fiscal year that the general assembly pushed payment for to next year;

    - The debt in our pension system;

    - Borrowing for capital.


  20. - wordslinger - Friday, Oct 30, 09 @ 3:32 pm:

    Brady knocked $9.5 billion off the deficit in just a couple of flippant sentences.

    I guess the recession hasn’t been as bad or the Dem leadership as irresponsible as we thought.

    Why vote GOP, if he’s right? $2.5 billion is nothing, in relative terms.

    We’re going to hear more from this Brady — and I don’t mean a postcard.


  21. - Anon - Friday, Oct 30, 09 @ 4:36 pm:

    Northsider - If Brady has zero money, how is he on radio right now in Springfield? I see his people at every event I go to, and it seems like he’s in the news every other day. Not bad for a campaign with supposedly no money.


  22. - northsider - Friday, Oct 30, 09 @ 6:09 pm:

    Anon
    You prove my point Radio in Springfield? Thats not real expensive and he is already known there.
    Do you mean in the news like the picture of him standing alone at his own press conference? Or standing in an empty office no desk or anything at his chicago presser? Just like last time a campaign with no money. The reason nobody trusts him is he said last time he would have $3 million he didn’t, or he was ahead in polling over Oberweis. etc etc etc


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* *** UPDATED *** THIS JUST IN... Judge orders permanent stay on pension law
* Today's number: 10 percent
* Unclear on the concept
* Could be a big day
* Question of the day
* Illinois leaders react to Obama's immigration order
* TrackBill – An Introduction
* Caption contest!
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Our 5 favorite new Windows Phone apps of the week
        * Jolla’s Open Source iPad Alternative Raises More Than $1M In Two Days’ Crowdfunding
        * Apple Watch price, Lollipop updates, MS Office mobile comments & more – Pocketnow Daily Recap
        * Google’s Nexus 6 Might Be Too Big For Right Now, But Right-Sized For The Future
        * You Should Play: Monster Strike is a delightful mashup of monster battles and pinball
        * HTC Desire Eye Review: Welcome to the (selfie) machine
        * The Week in iPad Cases: Extra storage, ultra rugged, and everything in between

        * Five Best Android Phones: 2014 Edition
        * How one Chrome setting alters the Android 5.0 user experience
        * Avoid Being “Too Nice” to Avoid Needy People
        * Some of Your Favorite Logitech Gear is Heavily Discounted, Today Only
        * Re/wind: Uber Exec Says Really Dumb Thing, Snapchatting Money and More
        * Contrarian views on the role of fashion in wearables
        * “Also, Prince Albert is Not Really in a Can”

        * Terrerobytes: Waiting for Adam LaRoche
        * With LaRoche on board, Abreu will benefit
        * Sources: White Sox land LaRoche with two-year deal
        * Sources: White Sox land LaRoche with two-year deal
        * Sources: White Sox land LaRoche with two-year deal
        * Abreu will benefit from LaRoche's presence
        * White Sox sign Adam LaRoche to two-year, $25 million deal

        ...............


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        November 2014
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Honors For Yonkers Resident Pat Quinn Tops News.....
        * Allison Keyes..


        * Church members each get $500 to do good for world
        * Judge denies bid to halt state's fracking rules
        * Man dies after being shot during Missouri hunt
        * Illinois' Rauner tackles full transition agenda
        * Immigrants urged to take advantage of Obama action
        * Door County fish business subject of federal probe
        * Springfield firefighter arrested for wielding gun
        * Pekin man sentenced for dealing deadly heroin
        * Attorney general warns of immigration scams
        * Suspect in 2011 slaying enters guilty plea

        * Rauner tackles transition agenda
        * Attorney general warns of immigration scams
        * State pension changes ruled unconstitutional; appeal to Illinois Supreme Court next
        * State to refund $60 million in retiree health care money
        * State pension changes ruled unconstitutional; appeal to Illinois Supreme Court likely
        * Illinois pension case likely headed to high court
        * Judge: Pension ruling to come Friday
        * Rauner mum on fixes for ‘dire’ state finances, wants Quinn to freeze hiring
        * Rauner mum on fixes for ‘dire’ state finances
        * Judge to hear pension law arguments today

        * AndroGel giving AbbVie performance anxiety
        * Turning the kitchen into a tech hot spot
        * What does Michael Madigan do next?
        * Are Chicago's manufacturing districts vulnerable?
        * United's Smisek back in analysts' good graces


        * University of Chicago’s Dr. Donald F. Steiner, pioneer in diabetes research, dead at 84
        * University of Chicago’s Dr. Donald F. Steiner, pioneer in diabetes research, dead at 84
        * Time for all-new plan on pensions
        * University of Chicago’s Dr. Donald F. Steiner, pioneer in diabetes research, dead at 84
        * University of Chicago’s Dr. Donald F. Steiner, pioneer in diabetes research, dead at 84
        * Police: Girl, 10, struck by drunk driver who fled scene
        * Business owners seeking pot shop licenses in Illinois faced lawsuits elsewhere
        * Illinois pension reform law is unconstitutional, judge rules
        * Dr. Lawrence Solomon: Renowned dermatologist, book collector loved a mystery
        * 3 Daley scandals cost Chicago taxpayers over $6 million


        * McHenry County blaze kills 32 horses: 'I don't know what to do'
        * Man critically hurt in Little Village shooting
        * Man dies after falling from Gold Coast hotel
        * Police warn of robberies in Lake View neighborhood
        * 5 injured in shootings, including 2 teens, on South, West side
        * Mag Mile Lights Festival: 'Nice to start the holiday season'
        * Teens address top city issues at annual speech competition
        * Emanuel: 'What the president did was create an opportunity'
        * $900K bail for man accused in fatal East Hyde Park shooting
        * Impaired Divvy bicyclist hit by 2 cars on Lake Shore Drive


        * Listen to State Week - November 21, 2014
        * State To Refund Retiree Health Care Money
        * Labor unions celebrate judge's ruling against Illinois pension law
        * Judge Finds Reductions In Pension Benefits Unconstitutional
        * Pension Ruling Imminent
        * Hoosiers divided over Obama’s executive action on immigration
        * Illinois Symphony Orchestra Joins The Circus For Holiday Pops
        * School Funding Testimony Taken At Capitol
        * Incoming U of I President Speaks To Springfield Audience
        * To Restore Executive Mansion, Rauner Plans Private Funds


        * Our Opinion: Illiana project too risky for tapped-out Illinois
        * Bernard Schoenburg: Sen. Manar backs aide Watson over Cahnman, Proctor in Ward 5
        * Karen Cox: Shop for a cause
        * Andy Shaw: Protect Illinois’ FOIA law from unnecessary tinkering
        * Quote of the Day: Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014
        * Rauner tackles transition agenda
        * Attorney general warns of immigration scams
        * Deckle McLean: Plagiarism comes with a price
        * Charles Krauthammer: The climate pact swindle
        * Quote of the Day: Nov. 22, 2014


        * Early American history relived at Fort de Chartres
        * Daily digest 11/23/14
        * No decision from Ferguson grand jury this weekend
        * Molly Young report raises more questions
        * Asmussen Top 25
        * Reluctant Townie: Pulling off the perfect Black Friday heist
        * Council makes decision about business district
        * Erickson: Check your Facebook postings if you want a state job
        * Business listings, Nov. 23, 2014
        * Attention shoppers: Bullhorn mom in Aisle 5


        * More than 30 horses reported dead in Crystal Lake-area barn fire
        * Churches, organizations offer free Thanksgiving meals to people in need
        * Churches, organziations offer free Thanksgiving meals to people in need
        * Marion Barry remembered for love of D.C.
        * Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry dies at 78

        * Patrick Cannon defense strategy rare but n...
        * Feds fine Jesse Jackson Jr.'s campaign com...
        * Ex-Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. faces sen...
        * Representative Jan Schakowsky Sends Letter...
        * Rep. candidate pushes to uphold marriage b...
        * Reps. Schakowsky and Waxman Introduce Bill...
        * Statement by Representative Jan Schakowsky...
        * U.S. House Passes Resolution Condemning An...
        * FAA Rejects Call For New O'Hare Noise Stud...
        * Representatives Quigley, Duckworth, Schako...

        * Durbin, Corker Introduce Water for The Wor......
        * Durbin, Corker Introduce Water for The Wor......
        * Durbin, Corker Introduce Water for The Wor......
        * Durbin, Corker Introduce Water for The Wor......
        * Durbin, Corker Introduce Water for The Wor......

        * Algonquin chief recommended to be next U.S......

        * IAR Government Affairs monitors veto session
        * Coming Thursday: Illinois October Home Sales Report
        * Infographic: October Illinois Housing Snapshot #IARMarketStats
        * Three facts about Illinois October home sales #IARMarketStats
        * Southwestern IL members collect food and toys for charities
        * Remember when cowboys and cowgirls were heroes?
        * Register for GRI in Peoria by midnight tonight! #ILGRIturns50
        * What can be done to solve important housing issues?
        * You won’t believe what PAAR is driving to do
        * Going to GRI in Peoria? Find session schedules #ILGRIturns50


        * Illinois Residents Asked to Put the Tobacco Down - Support the Great American Smokeout – November 20
        * Governor Quinn Statement on President Obama’s Executive Action
        * Governor Quinn Statement on Selection of New University of Illinois President
        * Governor Quinn Statement on Senate Committee Passage of Minimum Wage Legislation
        * Governor Quinn Statement on the Installation of Archbishop Blase Cupich




            Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller