. . . not if you want to get paid, that is.
Illinois has not had a budget for 8 months and counting.
Unpaid bills pile up having now reached a record $10 billion to $12 billion according to state comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger.
Vendors are furious. One vendor has lost 40% of staff that once numbered 1,000 because it has not made its payroll for 14 weeks.
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- Unpaid: $2 million to Ashley’s Quality Care.
- Refused: A Department of Human Services rehabilitation counselor in Downers Grove sought a taxi for a client and received an email that “all service is on hold due to non-payment.”
- Paid: A New Jersey landlord threatened to evict Illinois Revenue Department tax auditors from their rented home in that state unless he received five months’ rent totaling $37,936.20. The bill was paid, I suspect illegally without a budget.
- Unpaid: Water and sewer bill at the 1848 Mt. Pulaski Courthouse.
- Refused & Unpaid: An Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission arbitrator’s personalized date-stamp broke, but it wasn’t replaced because the supplier was awaiting $511.06 that was past due.
- Refused: Springfield store refuses to sell all-purpose Fabuloso Cleaner for the Secretary of State’s office.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s $10 billion to $12 billion in unpaid bills.
There's more at the link.
The problem is the dispute between the Governor and the legislature over how to fund state expenditure. We noted in August last year that lottery winners were no longer being paid automatically, due to the same problem. As I pointed out at the time:
The budget impasse in Illinois is because the Democratic Party-controlled legislature wants to continue to borrow billions upon billions of dollars to fund entitlement and social spending, while the Governor wants to curtail borrowing and live within the state's means.
As far as I'm concerned, the Governor is doing the right thing by sticking to his guns and refusing to cave in to the legislature's pressure tactics. Unfortunately, that means businesses waiting for payment will just have to go on waiting . . . until they go bankrupt, if necessary. I'd say the easier solution is to simply refuse to do business with the state of Illinois unless it's on a cash-on-delivery basis.