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Tuesday, July 04, 2017

"From Horrific To Catastrophic": Court Ruling Sends Illinois Into Financial Abyss

First Maine, then Connecticut, and finally late on Friday, confirming the worst case outcome many had expected, Illinois entered its third straight fiscal year without a budget as Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and Democratic lawmakers failed to agree on how to compromise over the government’s chronic deficits, pushing it closer toward becoming the first junk-rated U.S. state.

By the end of Friday - the last day of the fiscal year - Illinois legislators failed to enact a budget, and while negotiations continued amid some glimmers of hope and lawmakers planned to meet over the weekend, the failure marked a continuation of the historic impasse that’s left Illinois without a full-year budget since mid-2015, and which, recall, S&P warned one month ago will likely result in a humiliating and unprecedented downgrade of the 5th most populous US state to junk status.

Then came the begging.

According to Bloomberg, on Friday Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, a Democrat who controls much of the legislative agenda,pleaded with rating companies to "temporarily withhold judgment” as lawmakers negotiate. “Much work remains to be done,” the Democrat said on the floor of the House Friday, before the chamber adjourned for the day. “We’ll get the job done.”

Meanwhile, the state remains without a spending plan, its tax receipts and outlays mostly on "autopilot", leaving it with a record $15 billion of unpaid bills as it spent over $6 billion more than it brought in over the past year, and with $800 million in interest on the unpaid bills alone. The impasse has devastated social-service providers, shuttering services for the homeless, disabled and poor. The lack of state aid has wrecked havoc on universities, putting their accreditation at risk.



Anonymous said...

I find it interesting that when the state goes bankrupt and is not paying its bills, it's only the 1/3 of the economy of food and medical care that they can't pay for.

What about taking the money used to keep the other 2/3 of their economy healthy? Make the politicians, lawyers and judges lose their jobs to keep the cost of running the state within the budget!

Anonymous said...

We’ll get the job done.”

That's what they all said for the past how many years and elections?

At this point, would Republicans even be interested in inheriting this train wreck? Perhaps it should just remain the festering sore tbat it has become as a reminder of Obama's and the Democratic Party's overreaching influence and policies.

Anonymous said...

I think you stumbled upon the truth: Government is evil, especially "American" government.
They only remove the things we want.
Like Christie closing down the beaches on July 4th.

Crazy world (Country) we live in.

Anonymous said...

Like to be there when they ask the president for a bailout!

Anonymous said...

No budget justifies these crooks to over spend, since they never gave themselves any guidelines. They also uses this as increasing taxes. No budget Government operations have to cease operations. That includes all Politian's pay and benefits cease until a budget is passed.