Legislators, governor avoid addressing bill backlog in budget agreement
Thursday, May 31, 2018
* The biggest single problem with this agreed budget, which is the same big problem as Gov. Rauner’s introduced budget, is that it doesn’t appropriate money to pay off overdue bills except for what’s been included for unappropriated spending during the impasse. The current bill backlog is $6.6 billion, but that’s expected to rise.
Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago) said last night that the unaddressed backlog issue is her chief regret about the new budget. I’ve yet to see any reporting on this topic.
* I asked Comptroller Susana Mendoza’s spokesperson about this budgetary short-coming…
Looking on the bright side, I suppose.