Blagojevich's budget and he's sticking by it


Blagojevich will cut budget, expand health care

August 14, 2007
By Christopher Wills
SPRINGFIELD -- Rejected by legislators, Gov. Rod Blagojevich said today he will go around them by taking $500 million from the state budget they approved and spending more on the health care programs he favors.
The Democratic governor said he would cut $200 million in "pork" projects and $300 million from unspecified places elsewhere in the budget. At the same time, he plans to expand state health programs to serve an additional 500,000 people.
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Blagojevich refused to answer any questions about the maneuver, which he announced in a brief appearance outside his state Capitol office.

"In short, I am cutting pork and special-interest spending and in its place I'm using the legal authority that I have to expand health care to more than 500,000 people," he said before turning and walking away. "I believe that's the right thing to do."
The cuts he wants to make would have to go back to the Legislature to be accepted or overridden.
Senate President Emil Jones, D-Chicago, joined Blagojevich at the announcement and said he supports the governor's cuts and would not allow any Senate effort to override them.

"Case closed," Jones said.
Senate Minority Leader Frank Watson, R-Greenville, questioned whether Blagojevich has the legal authority to make such a dramatic change in the $59 billion budget that lawmakers approved last week.

"I think it's unprecedented," Watson said. "To have a governor just totally disregard the legislative process with this type of initiative, I think creates more problems in the process."
The governor's announcement is just the latest twist in a remarkable legislative session that has left the state without a budget.
In March, Blagojevich proposed the largest tax increase in state history to fund an ambitious agenda on health care, education and debt reduction. That launched months of bickering with lawmakers, who did not share his fervor for health care or his interest in a major business tax.
Unable to agree, officials let the old budget expire July 31. State paychecks are still going out, thanks to a court order, but the impasse is blocking payments to schools, Medicaid providers and companies doing business with the state.
Jones gave little or no warning to his Senate members that he would help the governor eliminate the local projects they wanted, from fire department computers to street improvements to dance-related community programs.

Several seemed surprised by the governor's plan.
"God bless him, he was going to get health care no matter what," said Senate Majority Leader Debbie Halvorson, D-Crete. "That's one way to do it."


Nice cost of living increase in budget
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The governor and legislators will get bigger paychecks soon, but Illinois schools and hospitals may be out of luck.

A new law signed by Gov. Rod Blagojevich gives top officials a roughly 10 percent cost-of-living increase.

It also promises $1.2 billion to hospitals and $150 million for school construction, but officials said Tuesday that delays in passing the measure and signing it into law have created technical problems that will block the money for hospitals and schools.

"It's outrageous that these funds are not going to be released," said Ben Schwarm, associate executive director of the Illinois Association of School Boards. "We think it's a legal obligation. It's an ethical obligation."

Lawmakers sent the spending measure to the governor on June 14, two weeks before the end of the state's fiscal year. Blagojevich took no action for two months, then signed it late Monday night _ just before it would have taken effect without his signature.

His aides say it's now too late to provide the hospital and school money, for two different reasons.

The hospital money is part of an effort to capture more federal matching funds and funnel them to hospitals that serve lots of poor people. The first step in that money shuffle is for the state to take out a short-term loan.

9 Comments:

  1. SP Biloxi said...
    "Rejected by legislators, Gov. Rod Blagojevich said today he will go around them by taking $500 million from the state budget they approved and spending more on the health care programs he favors."

    Wow, he will go around the legislators. I smell a recall of his job on the radar for Baloneybitch. I wonder how the other state governors and their legislators are dealing with their budget. Are the governors in other state going around their legislators? The gropinator isn't do that. His own party are not in agreement with the budget which causing major shutdowns in hospitals and health facilities and hurting the public.

    By going around the legislators as Baloneybitch did, he simply gave his ass to kiss to the public, legislators, and the state of Illnois. The Senators of that state need a serious talking with the Democratic asswipe!
    SP Biloxi said...
    About Blagojebitch:

    • Voted YES on authorizing military force in Iraq. (Oct 2002)

    The most recent polling has his approval rating at 38% with 59% dissaproving
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    He is the lesser of two evils, Judy Barr Topinka, ex-Gov Ryans good buddy, and state treasurer ran against him. Everyone likes Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn, so the thoughts were if Blagojevich gets indicted etc. Pat Quinn who is well liked and respected will be the Governor.
    SP Biloxi said...
    'so the thoughts were if Blagojevich gets indicted etc."

    Balgojebitch is still on the radar of investigation for Fitzgerald. But, if he keeps up with this attitude as Governor that he is all that and a bag of chips, I certainly look for an uproar in Illnois especially if Obama is one of the cabinet members in the WH in 2008.
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    "By going around the legislators as Baloneybitch did, he simply gave his ass to kiss to the public, legislators, and the state of Illnois."

    Biloxi, he gave his ass for almost all of the people in the Formerly Great State of Illinois to kiss, too!!!!!!!

    He gave his ass to the State Troopers years ago when he said they could not pair up anymore and they could not take their cars home with them anymore (which is is HUGE crime deterrant!! DUH!!!!!!!!!). What deters crime more, the cop cars sitting at the police station or the cop cars sitting out in our neighborhoods????

    He gave his ass to all of the state workers and teachers because he robbed their pension funds by the tens of billions.

    What the hell will it do to give more people health insurance in Illinois if the businesses are all running like hell to stay out of Illinois and the jobs go to every other state??

    I would not be surprised if Blago needs to increase his security detail before he is out of office.

    Blago is in the running for Worst Governor in the U.S. A brick wall would be better. A brick wall would cause less damage.
    SP Biloxi said...
    'I would not be surprised if Blago needs to increase his security detail before he is out of office."

    Kittybowtie:

    I read up on Blago and many of his issues. He should be removed from office and it not because of his political party. From reading his attitude of cutting 500 million in budget and focus on healthcare, bypass the legislators and the Senators, and have the "my way ofr the highway" mode, he has just demostated that he is not for public service in no shape or form. He is truly destroying Illnois financially. It is now a broken state where he is becoming more of a dictator than a public servant. I know that it is differcult to do anything with Blago since he has a lot of political influences and crooked lawmakers in your state. But, I look for more changes and fear next year since we are focusing on voting for the next Prez. The more tyrant Blago is, the more karma will come his way. Every book has a beginning, middle, and end. And Blago has reached the end of his chapter... ;-)
    SP Biloxi said...
    p.s.

    Where does the increase of pay and budget for the city and county jobs fit in Blago's budget?
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    I expect the pie in the face people will nail Baloneybitch. I thought they got him once, but I just checked YouTube and it is not there. I checked Google and it was Guilty Gov. Ryan who got the pie in the face.

    When B-Bitch went to the University of Illinois to speak, some students showed up wearing Blagojevich Sucks T-shirts. That is not really original on their part, but hilarious nonetheless.
    SP Biloxi said...
    So, I take it that there is no love with B-bitch.

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