atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
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#5703: WAT



Way down in the comments about Connecticut's budget woes which are similar to Illinois' we have this:
Progress Illinois Style
1) Illinois has been without a budget for two years and its bonds, already the lowest in the nation, face a downgrade to junk.
2) On June 15, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner called a special 10-Day legislative session to finalize a budget.
3) We are now in the eighth day of the special session.
4) The Special Sessions Cost Illinois Taxpayers $50,000 a Day.
5) The special sessions have lasted from 10 to 23 minutes at the longest.
6) Progress was announced yesterday: by an 84-0 vote, part of I-55 will be renamed the Obama Expressway.
Are you out of your fucking mind.
That depends on what you mean by "out of your fucking mind". For normal people, the answer would be "yes". For politicians--particularly Illinois politicians--the answer is "What are you talking about?" It's business as usual.

Meanwhile, going to the link in that section (sorry, I didn't reproduce it, but it's available at the link if you're REALLY interested) I learned that the sum difference between Democrat and Republican budgets is $400 million of tax hikes. Republicans say $5 billion, Democrats say $5.4 billion.

Neither budget does anything about fixing the problems which led to this situation. All they're doing is kicking the can.

...or, rather, not, since they're voting on renaming chunks of highway after Jugears.

So, for $50,000 a day, Illinois legislators are spending about half an hour per day at work, and fapping the rest of the time. Nothing is getting done (big surprise) and the deadline looms.

I suppose the play here is for Democrats to cause a huge disaster, then blame it on Republicans, and win the Governor's seat next November (or is it November 2018?) and maybe control of the legislature. That might work, given that Chicago pretty much wags the dog.

Prior to last year I would have been certain that's what would happen. But we live in a world where Donald Trump was elected President, and I have to wonder if the press will have recovered enough credibility with people that they'll accept the Democrat party line. I'm not sure.

It'd be funny to see Rauner get re-elected and the GOP given a majority. It's probably not going to happen...but only "probably".

Think about that.
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