- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
From reading Greg Hinz's column in Crain's Chicago Business, it seems as if the Quinn Administration's Director of the Dept of Human Services, former state Rep. Julie Hamos, has finally come around to our way of thinking... kind of.
Listen to Director Hamos' words:
The system is going bankrupt. It's going to collapse. I really believe that, she says. The traditional fee-for-service medical delivery system is killing us, and key stake-holders are gaming a program filled with abuse. She concludes, It's soooo screwed up.
Reacting to Governor Pat Quinns Budget Address, Americans for Prosperity Illinois State Director David From put out the following statement:
Today, Governor Pat Quinn passed on an opportunity to provide real leadership to a state badly in need of it. While the Governors cuts are a move in the right direction, the three biggest issues facing the state budget are unfunded pension obligations, soaring Medicaid costs, and $8 billion in overdue bills. He failed to provide any plan to address the main challenges threatening the fiscal health of our state. We did not need a description of the huge problems facing Illinois; we needed leadership from our states elected leader.
Check out this link to see a great interactive chart from the New York Times on Pres. Obama's federal budget proposal.
It is a really fascinating graphic.
CAT CEO Doug Oberhelman writes in the Chicago Tribune why [img_assist|nid=26458|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=300|height=300]Illinois is falling behind as a job center. His insight as the CEO of one of Illinois' flagship companies is very valuable and timely.
For starters, Illinois needs to adopt a long-term sustainable state budget that relieves pressures on taxpayers. "
Read the whole editorial here.
Read this great article in National Review Online by AFP's VP of Policy Phil Kerpen. It's is[img_assist|nid=26400|title=R Grifffin NLRB|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=300|height=175] the politics of IL taken to the national stage:
On January 4, President Obama took the unprecedented step of declaring the Senate to be in recess although the Senate considered itself to be in session so that he could install several appointees in key positions at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).