Meh. I wish the governor had demonstrated that he understands the urgency about the state of Illinois’ financial present and future that many of his constituents are feeling. He doesn’t have to come across as hair on fire but a little more passion coupled with some practical new ideas would have been welcome.
He was at a National Guard vax center. Do you think the moon landing was faked, too? C’mon.
- Jefferson T Duncan - Wednesday, Feb 17, 21 @ 3:27 pm:
Really glad to see Corporate tax credits being abolished and restricted. Just from page 4 of his budget in brief we only receive 7.3% of our State’s revenues from Corporate Income Tax. While 48.3% of the State’s revenues come from individual income taxes. It is beyond time to close that disparity.
Speech content was great. Republicans message is disjointed, off base, and contradictory depending on who is talking. Democrats seem pleased. Pritzker win. (during a very difficult year, we should acknowledge)
- Give Me A Break - Wednesday, Feb 17, 21 @ 3:29 pm:
So Cool Papa, how about you spell out the Bold cuts you wanted to see.
Which group of people do you want to see their programs cut?
What group of state employees do you want to see laid off?
Which state operated developmental and mental health hospitals do you want to see closed?
As we saw below, everyone wants more. There are a whole lot of groups that are underfunded. Is there an estimate of the revenue needed to make everyone feel like they didn’t get hosed? And how could we get there? I’m just trying to grapple on what a budget like that would look like.
I thought it was well done. Two things:
1) I was confused about his comments about the federal gov money and why we deserve more than our neighboring states.
2) I would like to have heard a major cut like a university closing or consolidating agencies (or even a minor cut like Duquoin state fair ending)
Meh… it was fine. Not a bad speech. Most folks seem generally dissatisfied with the budget proposal, so it is probably a good one. At this point though, there is absolutely no need to even mention the GOP. Save that for the campaign season. All they do is complain and offer nothing, don’t give them a shout out. They haven’t earned it. And trust me, they want it more than anything else. It gives them credibility.
Disappointed that it doesn’t discuss the fundamental reorganization and consolidation of government at all levels. More than 8,000 units of government in the state. Time to reduce that number as part of the the overall plan to reach fiscal sanity.
Wonder what his speech would have been like if he was actually standing in front of the legislature. As for the budget, it will be tweaked but the governor will get most of what he wants. IMO, the governor has a long uphill battle ahead of him to win reelection.
- May Soon Be Required - Wednesday, Feb 17, 21 @ 5:19 pm:
Good, Bad or indifferent it’s the Senate Dems and Education, Black Caucus and funding the Social Justice reforms, the Republicans and pick any reason, local Municipalities. All are serious problems for the Governor in the days ahead.