This is how it starts
Monday, Mar 30, 2015
* It sure looks like a good bill…
How could you not support that? I don’t know what it’ll cost, but it appears worth a look and the unanimous Senate vote shows legislators solidly support it.
* Just keep in mind that most of the targeted programs on Gov. Rauner’s Fiscal Year 16 chopping block began life exactly like this one: with unanimous or nearly unanimous legislative votes.
It’s one reason why the budget has grown to this point (although by far not the biggest reason, which would be the state finally making its required pension payments along with the growth in education, Medicaid and public safety costs), but it’s also why these small programs are so difficult to eliminate. Everybody wants them. But too few want to find the money to actually pay for them.
…Adding… AARP just called to say the bill doesn’t cost the state anything. It’s a mandate on hospitals.
I’ve been thinking about the original point for a few days, but then I picked the wrong darned bill to illustrate it. Oops.
Nevertheless, we can still talk about the broader point here.