Given all of the questions surrounding the present status of budget negotiations, I thought that it would be helpful to provide a review of the procedural hurdles facing us at this point. Enjoy.
posted by Rep. John Fritchey @ 8/09/2007
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I know I said I wouldn't rush you, but here's a friendly reminder about that "my opinion of Mike Madigan" post. The report I saw said that the "veto proof" budget in the works is filled with pork with no big health insurance initiatives, and funded by the severely regressive tax that would be Chicago casino "gaming." Not that I know that the Gov wouldn't expand casinos to Chicago as well.
Somehow I think this is more indicative of the why Springfield works:http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8817092485253909974&q=amendment+to+be&total=673&start=0&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=1
$200 mil in a $50+ billion budget is hardly "filled." Also, the budget that passed the House today is not funded in any way by gaming money.
I stand corrected on the gaming (and as I understand it, Madigan is the one opposed to it -- is so it's a rare point of agreement), but the $200 mil has gotta be additional pork, not the total pork.The main point is that this hardly seems an incredible improvement over Blago's budget? Probably depends on your priorities, but Rich and John, I've been waiting over 30 years for the Dems to control the Illinois state government -- I'd have lived with the business taxes and selling a couple of state assetts over incrementalism on education and health care. This budget screams same-old combine politics.
Rep.,When is that last time you helped pass a budget you were proud of?
Thank goodness someone was paying attention to the filler between cartoons in the 1970s. Too bad the Governor was probably only watching Speed Buggy.I think the Governor should look at http://www.school-house-rock.com/Thre.html as a refresher on how the system of government works, you actually need all three branches, not just the executive.
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