* Tom Cross officially announced for state treasurer today. From an e-mail to supporters…
State law requires we have a balanced budget, yet the gimmicks legislators and Governor’s have used over the past decade have resulted in the nation’s worst budget deficit and over $7 billion in unpaid bills.
It’s not fair to taxpayers and it has to stop.
On day one, I will let the legislature and Governor know that I will use all the powers available to me under the Constitution, including legal action, to enforce the state’s balanced budget requirement.
Taxpayers deserve no less.
That’s not a bad idea. The attorney general has said that if the Legislature passes a budget that it considers to be balanced, then it satisfies the constitutional requirement for a balanced budget, even if the House Speaker himself admitted publicly that the budget wasn’t balanced. Remember this from 2010?…
A more activist approach to this question would be welcomed.
* WLS AM…
Cross jumped in promising to be a different kind of state treasurer.
“I think the conventional time and the conventional day, the conventional wisdom of the treasurer’s over here just watching the books like Mr. Drysdale did for the Clampets is over!” Cross said.
Now Cross is not without a primary challenger. DuPage County Auditor Bob Grogan is also running.
“I’m a CPA and a certified fraud examiner and Tom is an attorney!” [Grogan] said.
* Perhaps Mr. Grogan, CPA, should audit his grammar before posting on Facebook…
I want welcome Tom Cross the the race for State Treasurer. I know this office was not his first choice, but I look forward to a spirited debate.
I doubt he’s gonna get much debate unless he can show he can actually run a real campaign. So far, he hasn’t.
…Adding… Grogan updated his page…
I want to thank Rich Miller of CapitolFax for pointing out that, in my prior post, spellcheck put an extra “the” instead of the word “to”. If I only had free help from HRO staff as I was starting my campaign my posts might read more like they were written by a lawyer and less like a CPA.
I want welcome Tom Cross to the race for State Treasurer. I know this office was not his first choice, but I look forward to a spirited debate.
And he still makes a mistake.