In an effort to move the state budget process forward, State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) has joined 39 House colleagues in sending a letter to Attorney General Lisa Madigan. The letter calls on Attorney General Madigan to use the power of her office to compel the Illinois General Assembly to adopt a revenue estimate prior to the filing and passage of any spending bills to prevent further damage to the state’s finances and the many social service providers who serve the state’s most vulnerable.
In the letter, Skillicorn and his co-signers cite several prior court rulings and instances which set precedent for the Attorney General to intervene to ensure the Illinois Constitution is upheld. Both the Constitution and state law require the General Assembly to adopt a revenue estimate on which to base a balanced budget for the forthcoming fiscal year, an action which has not occurred in either of the past two years and hasn’t yet occurred for the coming fiscal year.
“The Illinois Constitution is quite clear that a revenue estimate must be adopted and the budget may not spend beyond expected revenue,” said Skillicorn. “The legal precedent is clear and the Attorney General herself has issued an opinion agreeing that the legislature cannot pass appropriations that exceed expected funds available.”
Skillicorn continued, “Our most vulnerable, families and taxpayers are placed in an ever worsening situation the longer the budget impasse continues. It is time for the Attorney General to step in as the legal representative of the people and compel the adoption of a revenue estimate so a balanced budget can be passed as soon as possible.”
As of today, only 12 days remain until the deadline of May 31 to pass a balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2018.