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How Illinois became America's failed state
Illinois Officials Push Governor Rauner to Sell Bonds to Cut Unpaid Bills
  • Unpaid bills have ratched up to $15.3 billion, near record
  • State could save money if it refinances debt, S&P has said

“We remain in a political and fiscal crisis,” Trotter said during a press conference in Chicago on Tuesday.


Looks like the Govenor still wants to renegotiate the budget that was jjust passed.
Home health care workers sue Rauner for withholding 48-cent-an-hour pay hike

Rauner spokesman Jason Schaumburg said in an email that wage negotiations should be part of the collective bargaining contract process between the administration and SEIU. The union and the administration are in the midst of a years-long negotiation for a contract to replace the one that expired June 30, 2015.
Terri Harkin, union vice president, called the administration's argument "disingenuous."

"The law is clear: the state is required to implement statutory minimum labor standards — such as minimum wage," Harkin said in a statement. "The state is then required to bargain with the union for any increases above the minimum standard by statute. Neither the Labor Act nor the SEIU collective bargaining agreement presents an obstacle to the immediate implementation of the raise required by the statute."


Looks like the Governor still wants to renegotiate the budget.
The IL State budget and the school funding bills were both passed by the General Assembly, and both were signed by Governor Rauner.  

This were the two key pieces of legislation that had to be addressed to take the whole process of government well past the IL Primary election which takes place on March 20, 2018.  The next budget gets hashed out in late May.

The noise that you might hear from the Governor is simply posturing for that upcoming election, as well as the subsequent fall General election.  The Governor seems to think that noise will satisfy his core conservative supporters that he has not gone "soft" after two and one-half years in office.

The Governor does not have any credible election opposition at this moment, not from either party.  This does not exactly mean that he is in charge either.

It's all just political noise and posturing, old man.  The spending goes on apace.  If the bond markets and the bond rating agencies aren't dictating totally absurd terms/interest rates, the constitutional officers are damn silly not to take as much as $10 billion.  The new borrowings just go back out to pay the businesses which already have accounts receivable due from the State, anyhoots.


P.S. And the Governor gets with the program (7 September):  http://www.sj-r.com/news/20170907/gov-ra...late-bills

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