Governor requires state agencies to submit
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Bomke hopeful government shutdown will be
[MAY 28, 2004]
-- Recent confirmation
that Gov. Rod Blagojevich has demanded state agencies submit
contingency plans in the event of a government shutdown concerns
Sen. Larry Bomke, R-Springfield.
"As we near the conclusion of
the legislative session without any clear compromise on the budget,
I understand the necessity of taking such precautions," said Bomke.
"Still, I would hope such a plan would never need to be utilized in
As of May 25, all state
agencies were given three days to update their existing contingency
plans and submit them to Gov. Blagojevich. The governor's
administration affirmed that the contingency plan would be put into
effect only in the event the legislature fails to approve a new
budget by July 1 or if AFSCME union members strike during the
Forming contingency plans would
theoretically allow the government to shut down certain state
agencies under the assumption that without a working budget there is
no designated revenue to keep these programs running. Sen. Bomke,
while agreeing a current contingency plan should be available, is
adamant that such measures should be employed only in extreme cases.
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"Illinois state workers depend
on their paychecks, and if they aren't working, they aren't getting
paid," Bomke asserted. "If the governor was to close state agencies,
many state workers would be hit where it hurts -- the pocketbook."
Sen. Bomke also stresses that
if certain state agencies were temporarily closed, this would
greatly impact the efficiency, and accuracy, of government services
legislature, scheduled to adjourn May 21, is currently negotiating
and drafting the fiscal 2005 budget. Lawmakers hope to come to a
compromise before the May 31 deadline, after which a three-fifths
supermajority will be needed to pass any final budget bill.
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