It seems like the state is constantly shelling out more and more cash it just doesn't have. In this case, however, the Governor may have little choice because the courts say the state owes it.
A government employees union won back pay for 25,000 state workers under an old labor contract. It comes to about $112 million in all. The Governor is asking legislators to approve the money during the veto session next week.
"Governor Quinn has now told us that he will abide by the court order" says Kent Beauchamp of AFSCME Local 31. "He wants our members to get the pay they should've gotten and hopefully that will carry some weight with the state legislature."
The $221 million supplemental funding bill also includes $40+ million for the Dept. of Corrections, $6 million for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, and $34 million for State Police and Human Services.
The spending requests are still in negotiations, but the big question remains - 'where this extra money is going to come from, especially when the state can't pay its bills."