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Illinois Budget Fiasco Puts Road Building in Jeopardy

Transportation coalition calls for stopgap budget to fund summer road construction

June 10, 2016

 This year’s road construction season faces an uncertain future if Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democrat-controlled General Assembly don’t agree to authorize transportation spending by the end of June, according to the State Journal-Register.

“The budget impasse has really put all sorts of funding at risk, but transportation is unique in that we are very time sensitive even more so I would say than education, which has gotten an awful lot of attention,” Todd Maisch, president and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and co-chairman of the Transportation for Illinois Coalition, said during a news conference Thursday.

Without a stopgap budget authorizing funding after July 1 there will be an immediate loss of 25,000 middle class jobs and cost taxpayers $3 million a day to keep motorists safe around closed construction sites, said Michael Kleinik, executive director of the Chicago Laborers District Council.

The governor's office, as usual, says the General Assembly only needs to reconvene and pass the budget as Rauner wrote it.  Don't hold your breath.

Read more about the continuing saga of the Illinois budget boondoggle  here:

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