Comptroller: Illinois Will Fall $6.2B In Debt Without Budget

February 02, 2016
 
In this June 10, 2015 file photo, Illinois state Comptroller Leslie Munger speaks at a news conference in Chicago

In this June 10, 2015 file photo, Illinois state Comptroller Leslie Munger speaks at a news conference in Chicago

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Comptroller Leslie Munger says Illinois is on track to fall $6.2 billion further into debt amid ongoing state budget gridlock.  Munger said Tuesday that spending will outpace last year's rates by $1.2 billion, and factored in a $5 billion revenue drop from the rolled back temporary income tax increase.

Illinois has entered its eighth month without a budget.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner wants the Democrat-controlled Legislature to agree to pro-business proposals before he signs off on tax increases. Democratic leaders argue his agenda hurts the middle class.

Munger was short on specifics for how Rauner and lawmakers should compromise.  Instead, her office illustrated the debt's magnitude with a chart showing what $6.2 billion can buy.

"If you had $6.2 billion, you could buy both of this year’s Super Bowl teams," she said.  "You could buy the Willis Tower. You could buy a trip to the moon and back. In fact, you could buy all of these things and you would still have money left over. "

Munger says the deficit is higher than originally projected because court orders require the state to pay for some services like Medicaid and paying employees, regardless of the cost.

Story source: AP