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The Texas budget is in big trouble. Any thoughts from conservatives?


#241 UncleBob  

Posted 02 July 2015 - 07:40 PM

http://www.dslreport...flix-Tax-134367

Taxes, taxes, taxes...
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#242 UncleBob  

Posted 16 July 2015 - 01:20 AM

http://consumerist.c...e-u-s-at-10-25/

Taxes, taxes, taxes...
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#243 mrsilkunderwear   Just Do It. CAGiversary!   1701 Posts   Joined 8.3 Years Ago  

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Posted 19 July 2015 - 07:10 PM

Man, Chicago sure is funny. I wonder if they have considered a way to privatize pensions or least reform it. 



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Posted 20 July 2015 - 01:12 AM

Plenty of talk about reforming the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund or transferring the teachers to the Illinois Teachers Pension System.  How viable it all is, I can't say (privatization is a nonstarter) but it's certainly been discussed.



#245 UncleBob  

Posted 31 August 2015 - 11:38 PM

http://consumerist.c...ners-right-now/

Oh, Illinois....


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Posted 09 September 2015 - 03:33 PM

Interestingly, that's about the most note-worthy thing to come out of not having a budget.  Schools are running, state offices are open, you can still get a driver's license, etc.  There's been virtually no shut down at all so there's very little public cry to pass a budget.  I actually had to check the other day to see if the "crisis" was still in effect since it's not even regular news these days.



#247 UncleBob  

Posted 10 September 2015 - 02:19 PM

Well, Colorado has things figured out.

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/6612292
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#248 UncleBob  

Posted 08 December 2015 - 08:56 PM

http://www.cinewsnow...-284780781.html

Congrats, Illinois!

Anyone have any newsworthy stories out of the state that didn't propose nothing but raising taxes?
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#249 Syntax Error   Art School Dropout CAGiversary!   10078 Posts   Joined 5.4 Years Ago  

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Posted 18 December 2015 - 08:31 PM

Can't really argue.  Rauner has been a fantastic failure as governor, being more worried about impressing Walker and Pence with anti-union nonsense and stopping the Syrian invasion than actually working to get a budget passed.  His approval is worse than Quinn's these days.



#250 UncleBob  

Posted 19 December 2015 - 01:41 AM

I may not be the most politically savvy person, but I didn't think it was the governor who passed a budget.  Just like it's not Obama's failing that the Federal Budget has been such a disaster for so long.

 

Regardless, Rauner *has* been a fantastic failure, following up on the complete suckballs that came before him.  The state is probably to the point where it won't be saved without drastic changes.


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#251 UncleBob  

Posted 24 December 2015 - 01:18 PM

http://m.thesouthern...03f82881d5.html

I know several states are looking at this right now - but living in Illinois, it strikes me as hypocritical that I can walk down to the bar or gas station on the corner and legally play video poker machines, but fantasy sports betting is what our state government decides to focus on right now.

Oh, wait - we get to tax one and not the other. Makes sense.
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#252 detectiveconan16   Delicious! CAGiversary!   7067 Posts   Joined 10.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 28 January 2016 - 11:48 PM

https://www.eff.org/...-collectors-and

 

Apparent one company is helping Texas cops by giving them "free" license plate scanners. Vigilant is offering these scanners for cops but it comes with a caveat. All information will be transmitted to the company, some of which can be used to find existing court fees. When you are scanned into the system and found to owe money, you are given an option to pay the outstanding fee plus a 25% charge (the charge goes to Vigilance as a convenience fee). Remember this still applies: http://www.npr.org/s...lty-and-charged


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#253 UncleBob  

Posted 29 February 2016 - 11:37 PM

http://www.chicagotr...0226-story.html

Remember when Texas was getting crap for cutting education spending to get their budget in order?

Good thing Illinois didn't do any of that...
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#254 detectiveconan16   Delicious! CAGiversary!   7067 Posts   Joined 10.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 01 March 2016 - 11:37 AM

One city in Texas has decided not to get those free license plate scanners. https://www.eff.org/...-big-brotherish Did they not want the money they could get from those deadbeats? They could easily collect it with the included credit card scanners. 25% surcharge to Vigilant still applies.


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#255 UncleBob  

Posted 20 March 2016 - 03:28 PM

http://www.marketpla...ic-universities
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#256 UncleBob  

Posted 28 June 2016 - 03:45 AM

http://www.chicagotr...0226-story.html

Remember when Texas was getting crap for cutting education spending to get their budget in order?

Good thing Illinois didn't do any of that...

So... apparently, the Illinois budget is so bad that public schools are sending out letters stating that they may not be opening this fall due to a lack of budget.

 

Yeah... I'm *really* glad we have this thread to look back on.  Can we get this printed and laminated?


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#257 mrsilkunderwear   Just Do It. CAGiversary!   1701 Posts   Joined 8.3 Years Ago  

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Posted 29 June 2016 - 01:42 AM

When was the last time pillsbury visited this thread?



#258 UncleBob  

Posted 19 July 2016 - 04:13 PM

Because I feel you folks who are not from the Great State of Illinois just truely do not grasp the magnitude of ****ed-up the Land of Lincoln is right now:

Apparently, the state is so dead broke, there's no money to mail out Vehicle Registration Renewals. So, you don't catch that your tags are due, you get a ticket, then, you get to pay a late fee on top of that. But mailing out a fifty cent postcard is off the table.

Anyone from Texas want to chime in?
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#259 Syntax Error   Art School Dropout CAGiversary!   10078 Posts   Joined 5.4 Years Ago  

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Posted 20 July 2016 - 01:32 PM

The issue isn't that the state is "too broke" to send out notifications, it's that the state didn't have a budget passed and therefore the Sec. of State's office didn't have the funding to send out notifications.  It's the same basic thing as when the government "shuts down" and the museums close -- it's not "we're too broke for museums!", it's a funding issue caused by paperwork and bureaucracy.  Not sure if there's money in the stopgap budget for it; last I read the SOS office was still deciding.

 

But it sounds as though you're one of the people who can't keep track of when your plate stickers are due despite it being right there on your car and needs the government to hold your hand. Also, you have 30 days from the sticker's expiration before you have to pay an additional late fee.  So you have to not look at your plate or take notice for an additional month before it's actually an issue.



#260 UncleBob  

Posted 20 July 2016 - 04:14 PM

Not me, a co-worker. :p

I got hit with it 15 or so years ago (when they did send out reminders... go me...), so I put a reminder in my email calendar and, later, my cell phone.

And yes, the state is broke, so our leaders in Springfield/Chicago are unable to cobble together a budget for things like running our schools or things that virtually every other state deems to be a pretty standard service.

Odd that the "temporary" elimination of this particular program is one that happens to make the state more cash. And talk about regressive - I'm sure when Mr. 1% gets pulled over, he receives no ticket, but just just a friendly reminder (and, the off-chance he does get a ticket, I'm sure it's dropped faster than a hot plate of poop...)

It's almost like how we suspended the payouts on lottery winners, but kept selling tickets and introducing new games.
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#261 UncleBob  

Posted 20 July 2016 - 04:20 PM

http://www.chicagotr...0717-story.html

Indeed, in the days since the agreement was reached, Southern Illinois University announced it'd still need to lay off workers and cut millions in spending; Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, the state's largest human services provider, says it will not be able to rehire 750 workers cut during the impasse or restore more than 30 programs that cared for the vulnerable; and officials with the Illinois secretary of state's office said the relief may not be enough to resume mailing out registration renewal reminders to drivers.


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#262 Syntax Error   Art School Dropout CAGiversary!   10078 Posts   Joined 5.4 Years Ago  

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Posted 20 July 2016 - 04:56 PM

I'm not denying that there's fiscal issues in the state.  I'm saying that no one said "Welp, we're too broke to mail out notifications..." they said "There's no budget allowing us to mail out these notifications."

 

The current issue is that the stopgap budget isn't a full budget, just one that kept essential services, schools and some social services open so neither party felt the heat from allowing elementary schools to close, etc.

 

The main problem right now is less the immediate fiscal issue and more the political impasse that is keeping anyone from addressing the fiscal issue.  Rauner refuses to look at a budget that doesn't include his pet conservative causes (that don't really relate to the budget at all).  Hell, even Crain's Chicago Business wrote an op-ed saying that they were wrong to endorse him and he's failed on everything they thought he'd accomplish to fix the state.  When the main pro-business publication in the region is saying that the pro-business governor is a big loser and they regret endorsing him...

 

Also, the the IL House & Senate passed a bill suspending the additional fine for late plate stickers.  The governor has yet to sign it.



#263 UncleBob  

Posted 21 July 2016 - 09:03 AM

I'm not denying that there's fiscal issues in the state.  I'm saying that no one said "Welp, we're too broke to mail out notifications..." they said "There's no budget allowing us to mail out these notifications."


Sure, no one has said there's no money for the State of Illinois Space Program to launch our habitat on the moon either.

Budget issues aside, it'd be handy if the SoS office could, presumably though a bill authorizing it, take $1.50 from every tag sold and drop that into an account. Then, whenever they ship out a batch of renewal notices, they pay for it out of those funds. Essentially, you pay for the renewal notification when you renew your tags.
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#264 UncleBob  

Posted 26 September 2016 - 07:56 PM

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#265 UncleBob  

Posted 13 December 2016 - 05:33 AM

Keep up the great work, Illinois!

http://www.cinewsnow...-284780781.html
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#266 UncleBob  

Posted 31 May 2017 - 10:57 PM

Looks like the Texas budget falls about $3 billion short, but the state is able to make up for that via a "Rainy Day" fund (heh) and money from a transportation account...

https://www.texastri...billion-budget/


In Illinois, we're looking at our third year without a budget... junk ratings... no businesses want to come here... state is just toxic...

https://www.bloomber...rder-to-resolve

It's funny to see Rauner (who is such a terrible governor anyway) get so much crap for this... as if the state wasn't in dire straights before he took over or something. Maybe more folks should read through this thread.
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#267 detectiveconan16   Delicious! CAGiversary!   7067 Posts   Joined 10.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 11:32 PM

The Texas State Legislature session has concluded and failed to do anything about the fact that the state has the highest rate of pregnancy related deaths in the developed world. http://abcnews.go.co...deaths-47822649 See you in 2019!


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#268 UncleBob  

Posted 05 June 2017 - 02:33 AM

http://www.huffingto...4b0b51733a20d56

I really like in the ABC news article, the only proposal called out speciffically was:

Kolkhorst introduced a measure with wide support that would have extended the life of Texas' maternal mortality task force to 2023 from its current 2019 end date, allowing the committee of doctors and behavioral specialists to analyze more closely the specific causes of pregnancy-related deaths.


Extending a task for that was established four years ago, that...

And yet, the mortality rate did double. The study authors didn’t speculate about what could have caused this spike in maternal deaths, and a state task force tasked to study the problem in 2013 won’t release its first report until Sept. 1.


...has literally had zero results since it's inception. I'm not saying the task force is useless, but I have to say that waiting to see some actual results does make a lot of sense.
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#269 detectiveconan16   Delicious! CAGiversary!   7067 Posts   Joined 10.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 05 June 2017 - 10:33 AM

According to this: https://www.dallasne...-related-deaths Turns out the State Government is unwilling to hand over data to policy makers. Knowing which women die from pregnancy-related deaths is indeed very important if you want to prevent more, much like how you're supposed to know who dies from many diseases and health conditions. Considering Texas refused $35 million dollars in Medicaid in March to stop Planned Parenthood and related organizations to operate in the state, you know what the politicians in Texas messes with. https://www.texastri...ecline-clients/


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#270 UncleBob  

Posted 05 June 2017 - 04:56 PM

A second study, by the state health department's Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force, was released in August. It, too, analyzed maternal death data for 2011 and 2012. During that time, the state task force found that black women bore the "greatest risk for maternal death."


Ah, it looks like the task force *has* done *something* along the way.

Both studies took issue with the quality of death reporting in Texas and nationwide. In the state-sponsored study, one of the major findings was "data quality issues" that make it difficult for researchers to identify a maternal or obstetric death.

Those researchers were reliant on a small sample of records provided by the Texas health department, and those were heavily redacted, the report notes. Also, the task force noted that maternal deaths are not investigated consistently in Texas, making data analysis difficult.

The task force also found "a lack of standardization" in how maternal deaths are reported to either medical examiner offices or the local justices of the peace. And when maternal deaths are reported, there were several instances, the task force found, in which pertinent laboratory tests were not performed.


The article talks about how the state wouldn't release PII to news outlets (I wonder where HIPPA plays into this), then goes on to talk about how researchers apparently got *some* data, but that the data collection process itself is pretty terrible.
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