The new state budget put forward by legislative Democrats is taking a bad situation… and making it worse.
That’s the assessment of Republican Comptroller Judy Barr Topinka. She says lawmakers are adding new spending… while ignoring the commitments they’ve already made.
Topinka says a recent infusion of revenues should be going to pay down the state’s backlog of bills… and says Illinois should be fulfilling its pension promises and paying back raises owed to state workers, rather than taking on new obligations.
And Topinka says the state may have no choice but to extend the temporary income tax increase that’s set to expire next year.