Straightforward Explanation of Illinois Budget Complications

Eric Zorn explains why calling for 10% across-the-board cuts in the state budget wouldn’t solve our money problems.

I happen to disagree with him about the value/ROI of a forensic audit of state spending, however. Here’s another discussion, including a recap of Adam Andrzjewski’s arguments in support of such an audit, here.

2 thoughts on “Straightforward Explanation of Illinois Budget Complications”

  1. Audits are hardly perfect, but they are a much needed resource that allow us to have a good idea of the fiscal standing of any governmental entity. They are a useful tool to see where corruption and financial chicanery are likely happening. I have worked at several cities where the finances were not in order, and this situation makes it extremely difficult for a responsible administration to maintain a balanced budget and still provide needed services.

    One change that I advocate would be to limit the pay of any elected or appointed governmental figure receiving so much as a dollar of public money to that of the salary of the governor of the state. Ridiculous public sector pay scales in far too many instances then result in a much heavier pension expense than is really necessary.

    Compensation structures that provide automatic raises every year need to be eliminated. Most of us do not get any raise each year, much less an automatic one, for simply staying on the job. As private sector workers become increasingly reduced in circumstances, public sector compensation and pension systems are going to become increasingly hard to support and justify. We might as well start cutting these back now.

    Another way to save money is to clip one of the major drivers for the governmental edifice complex currently burdening taxpayers. This would be to eliminate any plaques or other monuments to the egos of governing boards, city councils, and the like on any public buildings.

    These modest suggestions are at least a step forward to solving severe and long standing problems in our benighted state.

  2. Good suggestions all.

    Maybe they would help as tools for an attitude adjustment as well. A pervasive sense of entitlement afflicts far too many of our public servants. Thus they become part of the problem instead of the solution.

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