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Realities of a Doomsday Budget

At the end of May, after failing to reach agreement on significant new revenue to close the state’s huge budget deficit, the Illinois General Assembly passed a set of appropriations bills that amount to a “bare bones,” doomsday budget for FY 2010, which begins July 1. For most state agencies, these bills provided specified amounts for personnel and other operational expenses but lump-sum appropriations for everything else. Overall, the legislation cuts about $5 billion from the Governor’s General Funds (GF) budget. Download and read report

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