June 1, 2005

IL Dems, Blago get budget passed at last minute

Illinois Dems have scored a victory of sorts by managing to pass the state budget at the last minute.

The budget process dictates that it can be passed by a simple majority if it's passed by the midnight May 31st deadline. If that doesn't happen, it then requires a 3/5 majority, which of course makes it a whole new ballgame.

The Republicans, as always, have voted in Stepford Wife-like lock-step and so the Dems had to go it alone. Credit largely goes to Speaker Madigan for managing to herd the unruly Dems and get it all squeezed through at the last minute, as our Governor was largely AWOL with problems of his own.

So the Republicans are prevented from meddling in the process with their pro-gun, anti-everything agenda and are left with nothing more than things to whine and bitch about and try to use against Dems in upcoming races.

Passage of the budget is traditionally followed by extreme revelry by politicians and their staffs with sumptuous parties and oceans of booze. So the Springfield minions will be partying like it's 1999 all over again far into tomorrow with the knowledge that they don't have anything to attend to until the veto session months down the road.

The Capitol Fax Blog has more inside Springfield coverage.

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At 6/02/2005 6:27 AM, Blogger RepublicanJoe said...

So if I don't want to pay my mortgage, my car payment, my credit card payments, or my student loans, I just move to Illinois and declare a holiday from paying my bills? No wonder you have individuals and businesses rushing into Illinois-afterall, make our kids and grandkids pay the bills. Way to go Boland, Jacobs, and Verschoore- three blind mice, all vote yes on this simply to get out of town and the session over. Senator Sieben, Thank you for showing fiscal responsobility and voting against this idiotic, abomination of a budget. Demos' I think you are in for a long hot summer.

At 6/02/2005 6:43 AM, Blogger diehard said...

Well thats why thoes 3 get the big bucks! To be the tough stand-up guys that they are!


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