* Kurt Erickson follows up on a story I posted for subscribers last week about a memo outlining a budget cutting framework for the spring session…
The state’s public universities would see a $248 million reduction while public safety agencies such as the Department of Corrections and the Illinois State Police would see a $303 million cut. […]
State employee health insurance costs, for example, are expected to rise by more than $600 million next year. Medicaid, which provides health insurance for the poor, is expected to jump by about $211 million.
For top agency officials and university presidents, the document, if adopted as a budgeting map by lawmakers, is the exact opposite of what they say they need to operate.
Last month, the Illinois State Board of Education approved a proposed budget calling for a $1 billion increase in spending designed to reverse years of declining dollars from the state. According to the memo, the amount of money being set aside for schools next year will be reduced by $967 million.
* The outline is here [Fixed link]. From my Friday piece…
* $2.4 billion will have to be cut from discretionary spending, according to the agreement. That’s lower than Senate President John Cullerton’s original estimate because of higher than expected revenues. However, overall revenues are still expected to drop by $965 million, due to the half-year partial expiration of the income tax hike.
Mandated expenditures (pensions, health insurance, debt service, Medicaid, etc.) will rise by $1.4 billion, so other programs have to be cut.
* That translates into a $719 million cut to Human Services, a $967 million slash of K-12 education spending, a $248 million hit to higher education, a $303 million drop in public safety spending and a $144 million cut to General Services.
* Civic Federation: Keep most of Illinois’ ‘temporary’ income tax hike: As the candidates for governor dance around Illinois’ shaky finances, the Civic Federation has plunged into the fray, proposing that the state retain most of the “temporary” income tax increase, according to a report issued today by the government budget watchdog.