(CBS) — After eight months of operating without a budget, tomorrow Governor Rauner outlines his state spending plan for next year.
But with the state already facing seven billion dollars in unpaid bills, that won’t be easy or painless.
CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley has a preview.
Illinois’ budget crisis isn’t so much a math problem, it’s a political problem. Both sides know the state needs less spending and more revenue, but Governor Bruce Rauner wants anti-union reforms first, which Democrats reject.
The result: a crippling stalemate.
Governor Rauner admitted at a Springfield pork farmers convention it’s tough to give a budget speech for a state without a budget and by law, Rauner’s spending plan must be balanced.
“He will be required to work in five to six billion dollars’ worth of cuts into the budget,” said Emily Miller of Voices for Illinois Children.
That’s more bad news for agencies serving children, the elderly and disabled, providers that haven’t had any state funding for months.
Kevin Flint is a former prison inmate, now homeless, who counts on state help.
“How am I gonna pay our apartment when I haven’t even gotten my first paycheck yet?” Flint said. “How am I gonna pay for such things when I’m barely sliding by?”
The non-partisan Civic Federation mapped out a financial rescue plan for Illinois.
“What we’re talking about is some very tough medicine for a government that hasn’t even realized it has a cold,” said Civic Federation president Laurence Msall.