NW Herald: Political gamesmanship, budget gimmicks are failing Illinois

The Illinois state Legislature has become the theater of the absurd. On May 30, Democrats rammed through an unbalanced budget that was cobbled together with a combination of borrowing schemes, fund sweeps, payment delays and inflated revenue projections that have become all too familiar tactics in state government.

The nearly $36 billion budget is not even close to being balanced. The revenue forecast passed unanimously by the House earlier this year using information from the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability projected fiscal 2015 revenues to be about $34.495 billion.

Article VIII, Section 2 of the Illinois Constitution states, “Appropriations for a fiscal year shall not exceed funds estimated by the General Assembly to be available during that year.”

Yet, this is precisely what the Democrat-controlled Legislature did.

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