Monday, August 6, 2007

The Governor loses more backers

Governor Blagojevich’s antics during the budget debates have gotten so bad that even his long time backers in the AFL-CIO no longer consider him to be trust worthy, they have gotten behind a proposal that would cut the Governor out of the decision on how school funding is distributed, instead putting it in a lock box that would be a controlled by a 3/5 super majority vote in both Houses of the State Assembly. On a similar note if there is no new budget or temporary budget that means that schools districts in Illinois will not be getting there share of state funds on time which could put a number of them in a bad position, particularly in counties like Tazewell were the county treasures has no intentions to distribute property tax revenues until September and even then he will make a only a 45% distribution at first.

This just goes to show how much the Governor’s leadership has failed that even the Unions no longer trust him. He has consistently failed to recognize the reality of his political position and give up on programs and taxes that there is little or no support for or to work with three of the four leaders of the State Houses. The only question now is how much longer can he count on the support of State Senate President Emil Jones? For this year what we need is a zero growth budget and then for next year the public needs to push it representatives in the State House and Senate to start the new budget from scratch with a zero-bases budgeting system.

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