Illinois Needs a Serious, Long-Term Budget Fix

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Editorial Board of Rockford Register Star on May 28th, 2016:

That Mike Madigan. He’s such a jokester. He and the other Democrats in the Illinois House of Representatives should open their own comedy club. It would give Second City a run for its money.

Speaking of money, that budget Speaker of the House Madigan and his colleagues passed Thursday should have come with its own laugh track. Come on, a budget that spends $7.5 billion — that’s with a B — more than it takes in? It has to be a joke, right?

Madigan needs to bring the rest of us in on it. Illinois’ financial situation may be a joke, but it’s not funny….

Democrats don’t have enough votes to override a Rauner veto because there are seven grown-ups in their ranks. Representatives Kelly Cassidy, Scott Drury, Ken Dunkin, Jack Franks, Stephanie Kifowit, Elaine Nekritz and Carol Sente voted against the budget bill. State Rep. Mike Smiddy, D-Hillsdale, voted present.

“I haven’t voted for a budget in well over a decade because they haven’t been balanced and this one wasn’t even close,” Franks told Reboot Illinois, the website that addresses key issues in Illinois. “If we were a private company, we would be seized by the government. That’s how reckless we are.”

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