Before lawmakers can tackle the task of building a fair
and sustainable budget for 2011, they'll have to face up to the fact that the state's financial situation has become so unwieldy
that institutions and agencies are on the brink of shuting down.
In an editorial this morning, the Tribune blasts state lawmakers -- rightfully -- for their closed-door budget briefing from the National Council of State Legislatures yesterday, concluding that the lawmakers would "rather hide behind closed doors than publicly admit to what a dreadful mess they've made of state finances." But the editorial board goes on to write the following ab
Today, several thousand members of the Responsible Budget Coalition
traveled from every corner of the state to flood the state capitol in Springfield and remind lawmakers that they must pass a sustainable budget this year.