Mary Hansen | Daily Herald | May 9th, 2016
Illinois, already 11 months behind in the race to come up with a budget for this year, has now been lapped by several U.S. states. Eleven states have approved two state budgets in the time Illinois has failed to finish one, according to research from the National Conference of State Legislatures.
After Pennsylvania approved a stopgap plan in March that ended its monthslong stalemate, Illinois became the lone state without a budget for the fiscal year that began July 1. Not all states adopt a yearly spending plan. Of those that do, 11, including Florida, Maryland, New York and Colorado, have a spending plan for the current fiscal year as well as the next.
Doubts remain that a compromise can be reached in Springfield before the new fiscal year begins on July 1. Both Republicans and Democrats have been vocal about the stalemate but haven’t yet finished a budget.
“It’s outrageous, it’s unacceptable, it’s unnecessary,” said state Sen. Daniel Biss, an Evanston Democrat. “We’re doing a lot of damage to the state of Illinois for no good reason.”
Gov. Bruce Rauner echoed these thoughts.
“Frankly, I think we should all be embarrassed that we haven’t gotten this done in the last year. It’s just ridiculous,” he said this week.
Source: Daily Herald