Bottom Falls Out on Lib State’s Fantasy Budget… Even Lottery Is Abandoning Them

They’re living in a fantasy world.

The pathetic inability of the Democrat-led Illinois General Assembly to pass a reasonable budget — versus a fantasy one — may soon cost the state’s residents access to Powerball and Mega Millions lottery games.

The non-profit Illinois Policy Institute explained that the Multi-State Lottery Association intends to remove the lottery games from the state unless it passes a budget by the end of June.

According to the institute, the trouble began in mid-2015, when the legislature’s failure at the time to pass a budget made it impossible for the comptroller to issue payments to lottery winners.

“As payout became unlikely, Illinois Lottery ticket sales sank, and disgruntled winners sued the Illinois Lottery, demanding their payouts with interest,” the institute noted.

Though the legislature later passed a measure that freed up a bit of cash to deal with this problem, the underlying issues still remain as of mid 2017, and the lottery association has apparently had enough of this nonsense.

With all the problems Democrats have caused in the state of Illinois, losing the lottery might not seem like the worst, but it’s a symptom of a basic rot.

At the root of the legislature’s failures is a desire to push through “a fantasy budget that massively increases spending, raises some taxes, and refuses to deal in any way with the state’s — and the city of Chicago’s — failing pension systems,” according to PJ Media contributor Rick Moran.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner prefers to instead move forward with what Democrats describe as an “austerity budget” but that, in reality, combines much-needed pension reform with limited giveaways to the programs the left loves most.

“It moves us to middle ground on key issues,” Rauner said this week according to the Illinois News Network. “It is truly balanced. It funds schools, higher education, and human services. It provides a real path to property tax reduction.”

Incidentally, the governor’s proposal fits perfectly with a recommendation issued by the Illinois Policy Institute, which argued that “lawmakers can close the budgetary gap without oppressive tax hikes by addressing major cost drivers such as the pension system, eliminating wasteful spending and streamlining programs.”

But alas, the Democrats want more. Speaking with Fox News, the press secretary to the state’s Democrat House Speaker Michael Madigan whined that Rauner isn’t making enough concessions.

“The biggest problem here is that the governor keeps associating a lot of things that do not have anything to do with the budget,” he complained, presumably referencing the programs that the governor wants to cut.

There goes the lottery …

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Source: Illinois Is About to Have the Lottery Ditch Them

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