three weeks later, the governor is expressing concern that the state
might not have sufficient funds to match federal dollars being
provided for Illinois in the federal transportation funding bill.
And he is typically looking to blame someone else for the problems
resulting from his decisions!
governor has stolen more than $1.1 billion from the Road Fund over
three years, and that puts at great risk whether or not we will be
able to secure federal matching dollars. And, in true Blagojevich
fashion, he is blaming someone else.
governor suggests a lack of matching funds results from the
Legislature's lack of support for one of his many fiscal schemes.
Late in May, he surprised everyone with a plan to borrow an
additional $2 billion for road projects -- which would cost taxpayers
as much as $4 billion to repay. The plan did not pass because it
would have added to the state's already staggering debt. His plan
also had no new revenue source to repay the debt.
administration also did not provide specific details about how the
$2 billion was to be spent -- no dates, no dollar figures for
specific projects, no guarantees that they would ever be funded.
Lawmakers simply could not take the governor at his word that this
money would indeed be spent on road improvements.
trust issues are not an exclusive concern of Senate Republicans.
Members of the governor's own party have concerns too, because they
insisted on 66 memorandums of understanding this year, to hold the governor to his word.
Sen. Bill Brady,
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