I am sure that all of our State legislatures will be down in Springfield for the State fair Maybe even for the haunted walk with Lincoln for Halloween?

Time runs out on state budget as deadlock drags on

August 1, 2007
BY CHRISTOPHER WILLS Associated Press
SPRINGFIELD, Ill.---- State employees will come to work. State parks and drivers license offices will be open. State police will patrol the highways.
But they'll do it without a state budget to pay for all that work. If the governor and lawmakers don't come up with a budget soon, some services might begin to shut down.
Officials say the first key date is Aug. 8, when the state processes payments to employees and school districts.

The governor and others have for days stressed that expiration of the temporary budget should not cause an immediate crisis.
That's because most vital expenses, such as employee paychecks and payments to schools, aren't due until later in the month. The state should be able to keep running for at least a few days without major problems, leaders argue.
But for how long is a mystery.
Blagojevich said at a bill-signing Monday that his office has been making preparations for months. ''We're prepared to meet whatever contingency is necessary,'' he said.
He didn't elaborate on what those preparations are, and his staff could answer few questions about how the state will operate without a budget.
They also won't discuss when services, such as state parks, police patrols and highway operations, might be affected by the budget impasse. They insist that's not going to happen right away.

13 Comments:

  1. SP Biloxi said...
    "But they'll do it without a state budget to pay for all that work. If the governor and lawmakers don't come up with a budget soon, some services might begin to shut down."

    And that will be sad. Lawmakers are not looking at the services for the city and county that will be either shut down or cut. I hope that budget will get passed asap.
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    another sad story from the County

    CC Juv Det CTR
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    If it does shut down, they will get a budget passed pronto, especially with the federal government telling all states to get their inspectors out checking bridges. Taxpayers might wait a day or two to go to the license branch but because of that bridge collapse, people are in panic mode about bridge safety. That will last about another week and then people will move on to another fear of the week (killer bees? Asian bird flu? what next?)
    SP Biloxi said...
    I did hear about the states are now inspecting their own structure of bridges. Many of the states found that there are structural problems currently. It will take years for each state to fix it and money that we don't have to fix it. The bottomline is that this country and many issues that we have have been ignored by the Administration. You have to worry about your own backyard first before trying to clean someone elses.
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    Yep. Hmm, if Halliburton fixes bridges, they will get 'repaired' at five times the actual cost.
    SP Biloxi said...
    "if Halliburton fixes bridges, they will get 'repaired' at five times the actual cost."

    Let's hope the Gerbil doesn't decide to bring in gov't contracts in MN problems because Cheney will salvated over that for profit.
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    Dang! Where is Minnesota's former governor Jesse Ventura when you need him to tell someone to go to hell and how to get there ass first?
    SP Biloxi said...
    That's too bad Ventura left. Ventura would have really been up in arms with the Gerbil. I am sure that Ventura will not tolarate help from the Cheney fund.
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    Ventura's one big wrong move was trying to get involved with that start-up football league that fizzled.
    SP Biloxi said...
    Regardless of the decision on the start-up football league that went up in flames, Ventura would not tolerate the inhumane treatment and dictatorship that the Gerbil created in Minnesota. Ventura is too down the earth.
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    OK, it's Monday, where the hell is Blago? Working on the budget? Noooooo, he's in Chicago for some press conference.

    After all this, he will have a hard time getting elected dog catcher. ;-)
    SP Biloxi said...
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    SP Biloxi said...
    "Noooooo, he's in Chicago for some press conference."

    It's called stall tactic, kittybowtie. The 15th is next week and your governor needs to quit bullshitting and get with the program. Taxpayers should flood the phones and call G-Rod. It's been 2 months for crying out loud. Enough is enough. He is hurting the state of Illnois and taxpayers with his prolonging. I still say to freeze G-Rod paycheck until he passes the budget.

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