* Rep. Chad Hays (R-Catlin) was one of the leaders of the House GOP revolt last summer…
The more interesting question, though, is whether legislators will rebel against Rauner and Madigan again this year and push for a budget resolution, rather than letting a stalemate persist.
“That’ll be a very interesting dynamic,” said Hays. “All of the ingredients for a budget impasse will be there, but I am one who suspects that the budget situation, if all else fails, will be not dissimilar to last spring where the rank and file provided the pressure necessary to get a budget done. That may be the pathway. We’ll have to see.”
* From the same interview…
In Springfield, Hays said he’d be surprised if any major legislation gets passed in an election year like this one.
“The Democrats had supermajorities and still didn’t pass a minimum wage increase before, which really is indicative that the Speaker (Chicago Democrat Michael Madigan) isn’t interested in passing those things. He’s really more interested in keeping them alive as political issues,” said Hays, who will retire from the Legislature after this year.
He’s right about Madigan’s motives. But one sure-fire way to keep the minimum wage alive as a political issue is to pass it in an election year and make the governor veto it. So, I think Chad may turn out to be half right on this particular point.
* WIU President: Western’s Situation Getting Better: “Add that to the growing call for higher education reform in the state and the uncertainty of whether a state budget will actually be passed, and I believe we could be in for a very bumpy ride in Springfield,” [Jeanette Malafa, WIU’s Assistant to the President for Governmental Relations] said.
* State Rep. Mike Unes bucks governor and wins, for now