LIVE session coverage...
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Expect budget action today

Thursday, Jun 30, 2011

* One way or another, the governor has to act on the budget today

The fiscal year ends at midnight Thursday, so Quinn will want to have a new budget in place before that.

The Democratic governor isn’t a fan of the budget lawmakers sent him. He says it shortchanges education, human services and other critical needs.

But there is little Quinn can do. He has the power to cut appropriations but not to add to them.

Major spending increases would require blocking the entire budget and telling lawmakers to start over, which isn’t likely to happen.

Whatever he does, expect an attempt at making a big splash, although it will not include a public appearance. The governor’s schedule includes no planned events.

* Meanwhile, the pain continues unabated

The state has finished the fiscal year owing Knox County around $795,000 as Springfield’s financial woes continue to pressure local governments.

The new state budget year begins July 1 but the state is still four months behind in its distribution of income taxes to the county for the current fiscal year, leaving a $255,000 hole in the county’s general fund.

Also in arrears are salary reimbursements for the state’s attorney, supervisor of assessments and public defender. The state is six months or more behind in payments for each of those salaries, with the total amount outstanding close to $140,000. […]

The county has had to use creative methods to compensate for the delays in state funding, including shifting money from the county’s landfill account to its general fund to make up for the loss. Some county employees took lower raises than were agreed in their union contracts.

I know I’ve said this countless times already, but the state continues to be one of the biggest problems in Illinois’ economy.

* And while state budget cuts are obviously needed, they create yet another drag on the economy. From the Wall Street Journal

Weakness in the state and local government sector has been a drag on the recovery, as governments of states, counties, school districts and other entities cut spending and jobs amid diminished revenue. The state and local government sector subtracted 0.5% from U.S. gross domestic product growth in the first quarter—one factor behind the sluggish 1.9% quarterly growth rate, adjusted for inflation.

Despite the improved tax revenue, the government sector is expected to continue weighing on growth. That’s because the estimated $135 billion in federal stimulus funds that states have used to balance their budgets through the recession is now gone, which explains in part why states continue to cut services despite growing tax collections.

“With more employment cuts on the horizon, the sector will continue to exert a large drag on the U.S. economy,” Gregory Daco, an economist with research firm IHS Global Insight, wrote in a note to clients.

* I don’t know whether this is just bureaucratic incompetence or a lack of money, but one local economy is suffering because the state hasn’t replaced a sewer pump

Work to get the campgrounds and concession stand at Illini State Park reopened may begin within days — but it still may be “several weeks” before the project is completed.

A faulty sewage pump has kept the campgrounds, showers and flush toilets closed since May 2 and prevented C.P.’s Ice Cream from opening for the summer season.

The shutdown also has cut sharply into critical summer revenue from campers and visitors for many Marseilles businesses. […]

A petition drive earlier this month organized by the Illinois River Area Chamber of Commerce garnered 2,133 signatures, including many from out of town.

The petition, which urged prompt action on the pump repair, was sent on June 17 to Gov. Pat Quinn, with copies to Mautino, state Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, and state Rep. Pam Roth, R-Morris.

Hey, IDNR, it’s almost July.

* And the lack of a signed gaming expansion bill is causing cutbacks at Fairmount

Fairmount Park will end its live racing meet three weeks early this season — on Sept. 9 — after the Illinois Racing Board on Tuesday approved a request from Fairmount president and chief executive Brian Zander to reduce the schedule because of a shortage of money… The board had originally awarded the track 75 racing days last September on the hope that the Illinois Legislature would pass a gaming expansion bill.

* Related…

* Property tax appeal board could get extra money

* Naperville chamber hears from Quinn’s budget guru: “In this last session, we saw the committees going deeper into the works, larger parts of committees actually working, asking questions, making suggestions, making changes,” Vaught said. “And I think that’s a significant process improvement.”

* Highway Districts On State Chopping Block

* Quinn makes no commitment to casino bill during Rockford visit

* Civic group urges cutting City Council, privatizing Midway

- Posted by Rich Miller        


11 Comments
  1. - Cincinnatus - Thursday, Jun 30, 11 @ 8:28 am:

    It has been obvious for days, if not weeks that the budget submitted to Quinn would not have additional funds. Why has he delayed signing it? The same logic can be applied to the Casino bill. Does not this man understand that indecision is a sap on the economy and taxpayer confidence? But, after all, he is the Cheesiest!


  2. - Give Me A Break - Thursday, Jun 30, 11 @ 8:33 am:

    Cinci: The GA did not send the Gov the budget until Tuesday, he can’t sign what they have not sent him.


  3. - Cincinnatus - Thursday, Jun 30, 11 @ 8:36 am:

    GMaB,

    Do you know the rationale behind the GA delay?


  4. - Small Town Liberal - Thursday, Jun 30, 11 @ 9:09 am:

    - Do you know the rationale behind the GA delay? -

    Cinci, try not to hyperventilate here. Should the Governor just blindly sign everything the GA sends him immediately? He’s already told everyone he’s going to use his AV to make some changes, so he’s obviously figuring out what those changes will be.


  5. - TwoFeetThick - Thursday, Jun 30, 11 @ 9:10 am:

    Cincinnatus,

    While there often are double-super-secret reasons for the GA taking its time in transmitting bills to the governor, and sometimes publicly stated reasons (like with the gaming bill), sometimes it also just takes time. As long as the GA gets the bills to the gov by today, they know he has time to sign them. They could have held the bills in a weak attempt to try and prevent the gov from having time to “improve” them, but who knows.


  6. - Capt. Illini - Thursday, Jun 30, 11 @ 10:20 am:

    Rich, don’t fault IDNR, look into the procurment law signed last year…talk about FUBAR, it prevents even the least amount of common sense in buying anything in less than six months…


  7. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Thursday, Jun 30, 11 @ 10:34 am:

    He can slash other areas of the budget setting the stage for a supplemental approp, but that’s about it.


  8. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jun 30, 11 @ 12:39 pm:

    Let’s not forget the state is borrowing from everyone else — local governments and vendors. They’re just not doing it in the securities market where they could get a better rate.


  9. - Leatherneck - Thursday, Jun 30, 11 @ 12:50 pm:

    Anyone know when today the bills will be signed? And I also wonder the same thing that YDD is thinking–but would you be surprised if today the Governor simply signs the budget bills as they are then comes back a few weeks later with revised agency appropriations (i.e. cuts)–similar to what he did in July 2009?


  10. - Angry Chicagoan - Thursday, Jun 30, 11 @ 3:18 pm:

    SIgn the bill and find a few more things to cut so that the treasurer can get a start on paying down the bills.


  11. - Ghost - Thursday, Jun 30, 11 @ 3:29 pm:

    But Wordlsinger we need to run the State like a private business…and when I private buisness needs money to pay its past due obligations and expenses it does’t borrow money!

    Did the car companie borrow money from the taxpayers when they were bankrupt?

    Did the banking and investment inductry borrow money when they crashed the economy?

    its just crazy to think that borrowing money to cacth up our bills, inject capital into the economy and keep a multidue of small business from closing is a good plan. No we need to tighten our belt and slow the economy down!

    Fortunetly the GOP is interested in protecting buiness and spurring its growth….by insuring that the State never pays those small buisinesses bills bills….nothing sparks growth and job creation like not being paid, shuutting down and laying of workers.

    This is Illinois!


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Agreeing and disagreeing
* Today's number: 30
* Today's quotable
* Keeping Illinois Nuclear Plants Open: Think About What’s At Stake
* AFSCME: Rauner wants to force a strike
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Durkin, Radogno react to Madigan budget announcement
* *** LIVE *** Session coverage
* 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

          
        * Sony Xperia Z3+ gets official packing 20.7MP camera and Snapdragon 810
        * Cortana comes to iOS and Android as Microsoft builds a bridge to Windows 10
        * Microsoft announces Cortana app for Android and iOS
        * Bundle’s New App Automatically Organizes Photos For You
        * Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Iron Man Edition official, launches May 27
        * Hands-on with the new Spotify: Still the streaming service to beat
        * Leading indicators: Ads must mean a product is tanking

        * Add Work Samples to Your LinkedIn Profile for More Exposure
        * Gear Up For Your Next Run With $25 Bluetooth Earbuds and a $7 Armband
        * L.A.-Based HelloTech Wants to Be the Uber of Tech Support
        * Don't Stop at Plan B: Have a "Plan Z" for Your Life
        * Apple’s Jony Ive Got a New Job
        * Deadspin Rovell Forced To Give On-Air Apology For “Serious Error In Judgment” | Jezebel The Duggar G
        * Time for Some Silicon Valley Self-Reflection?

        * White Sox pitchers left to fend for themselves
        * Noesi tripped up by first-inning bump
        * Avisail day to day with knee inflammation
        * Noesi settles down, but rough first sets tone
        * Blue Jays 6, White Sox 0: A new low
        * Noesi settles down, but rough first sets tone
        * Avisail exits with knee issue at Rogers Centre

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


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

        Archives
        May 2015
        April 2015
        March 2015
        February 2015
        January 2015
        December 2014
        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


        * The Justices’ Dissents at the Illinois Supreme .....
        * Illinois' Candidates for Municipal Bankruptcy..
        * Student concussion bill heads to Gov. Bruce Rauner..
        * Michael Madigan Battles Rauner..
        * Illinois Democrats Expected to Advance 2016 Bud.....
        * Durkin, Radogno react to Madigan budget announc.....
        * Democrats expected to advance 2016 budget plan..
        * National briefs: Hospitals encourage breastfeeding..
        * Workplace week at SCOTUS? — Fast track fight mo.....
        * Democrats readying $36 billion budget..


        * Student concussion bill heads to Gov. Bruce Rauner
        * Democrats expected to advance 2016 budget plan
        * Police: Dog mauls boy to death on Chicago's South Side
        * The Latest: Flash flood emergency declared in Houston area
        * Twister kills 13 in Mexico border city; 12 missing in Texas
        * Democrats introduce proposed $36.3 billion budget for 2016
        * Bears release Ray McDonald after arrest in California
        * Rauner spokesman rips Illinois Democrats for 'broken' budget
        * Standoff between Rauner, Democrats hangs over Legislature

        * Rauner names new Illinois National Guard adjutant general
        * Student concussion bill passes Illinois House
        * Madigan: Democrats will pass their own budget; needs $3 billion in more revenue
        * Rauner spokesman rips Illinois Democrats for 'broken' budget
        * Illinois Democrats introduce proposed 2016 budget
        * Campaign-style tactics fuel legislative gridlock
        * Illinois crib bumper bills stall in Senate
        * Statehouse Insider: Relax, there's a whole week left get it all done
        * Special funds inviting bailout target for Illinois
        * Illinois road construction funds get swept

        * Cable hookup: Charter to buy Time Warner in $55 billion deal
        * TCF Bank launches image reboot
        * What the judge wants to know in Millennium Park restaurant lawsuit
        * Boeing takes top spot in 2015 largest publicly traded companies list
        * Terminal spending


          * Durbin in Ukraine to discuss Russian aggression
          * Google honors Sally Ride on her birthday
          * Boy, 5, mauled to death by dog: 'It had him around the neck'
          * Inspector: Porch that collapsed in Evanston was not properly secured
          * 56 shot - 12 fatally - over Memorial Day weekend
          * YouTube video shows apparent Albany Park shootout
          * Madigan rejects Rauner's approach linking business changes to budget
          * 3 killed, 9 wounded in city shootings since Monday morning
          * Hundreds gather to mourn 24-year-old football coach who fell at Aragon


          * Charters might move into closed CPS schools
          * Democrats introduce proposed $36.3 billion budget for 2016
          * Chicago Bears' Ray McDonald arrested in domestic violence case
          * Bears release Ray McDonald after domestic violence arrest in California
          * The unsung hero of urban planning who made it easy to get around Chicago
          * Expert panel criticizes medical care at Illinois prisons
          * Chicago school board to consider charter relocations, renewals
          * 'Lifebooks' help kids in foster care track their history
          * Vets' best friend: Two veterans trekking cross-country with the dogs that 'saved their lives'
          * Illinois Supreme Court hears $10B Phillip Morris appeal


          * Rauner names new Illinois National Guard adjutant general
          * Kathleen Parker: Who's the studliest of them all?
          * Student concussion bill passes Illinois House
          * Madigan: Democrats will pass their own budget; needs $3 billion in more revenue
          * U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk: Support free trade for Illinois farmers' sake
          * Campaign-style tactics fuel legislative gridlock
          * Bernard Schoenburg: Adam Lopez, Rob Mellon, vie to win Aaron Schock's former U.S. House seat for Democrats
          * Illinois crib bumper bills stall in Senate
          * Statehouse Insider: Relax, there's a whole week left get it all done
          * Statehouse Insider: Relax, there's a whole week left get it all done


          * Democrats expected to advance 2016 budget plan
          * Music headliners announced for Bruegala
          * Checking in from blogland…
          * Carbondale remembers fallen troops
          * Two strikes and it's gone
          * Campaign-style tactics fueling Illinois legislative gridlock
          * State Senator Scott Bennett 5/26/2015
          * Showers and thunderstorms expected Tuesday
          * Save a life before hitting the beach
          *


          * Battle between Stockton, Showboat heads to bankruptcy court
          * RiverEdge Park opens summer concert season with SoulFeed Smooth Jazz Festival
          * US stock indexes open lower as traders return from holiday
          * 11-year protest in Catholic church faces moment of reckoning
          * US new-home sales jump in April

          * Politicians pay tribute to veterans, look ...
          * Bustos wiill deliver 'Ready to Run' keynot...
          * Politics: Clinton, Secret Service go way back
          * U.S. Rep. Thornberry Juggles Politics as P...
          * Carbondale remembers fallen troops
          * Bustos Seeking Wounded Warrior Fellow for ...
          * WWII veteran hopes to receive 'Medal of Ho...
          * Takai Joins a Push to Support New Mothers ...
          * Commemorative coin may honor Hero Street v...
          * Hero Street could get a commemorative coin

          * Durbin in Ukraine to discuss Russian aggre......
          * Commentary: Don’t Underestimate the Enemie......
          * Senate passes transportation funding patch...
          * The Hill: Durbin to visit US military pers......

          * Iran launches trial for US journalist on ‘......
          * Is there a path to 60 for USA Freedom? – N......
          * Bomb threat, man on no-fly list delay Kirk......

          * Keeping retirement weird.
          * Turnaround.
          * Illinois High School teacher put on leave after stomping on U.S. Flag in class
          * Democrats crush Illinois' workers' comp system reform with faux amendment
          * Is it time for garbage collection fees?
          * Summer Farmers' Market & Festivals
          * AFP blamed for Speaker Madigan's property tax freeze response
          * House Passes Two Hultgren Bills for Technological Innovation and Manufacturing
          * Politics to Production: Rauschenberger charts course for Illinois manufacturing
          * Rauner: Old guard entrenchments are "worse than I imagined"


          * The Illinois Department of Public Health Urges Illinoisans to Take Precautions Against West Nile Virus - Illinois Department of Public Health offers tips for avoiding mosquito bites
          * IDOT Suspends Non-Emergency Road Work for Memorial Day Holiday Weekend - Lanes Opened to Improve Traffic Flow
          * Illinois State Fire Marshal Recognizes EMS Week
          * IDOT, ISP: Drive Safe, Drive Smart Over Memorial Day Weekend - Click It or Ticket Campaign Continues, New “Driving Dead” Episode Debuts
          * Breakfast Club Fans Can Take Home Movie Memorabilia with Special 30th Anniversary Auction - Theater Chairs from Set of Iconic Movie Up for Sale




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