Setting the tone for cooperative, bipartisan budget negotiations, the Illinois Senate on March 7 adopted two legislative resolutions that set the state’s estimated general funds at $33.719 billion for the next fiscal year.

The real budget challenge will begin when state leaders begin negotiating how those funds should be allocated. I will oppose any budget plan that includes increased and unsustainable spending.

Unless substantial spending reforms are made in all areas of state government—including the state’s Medicaid program and the pension system—Illinois’ unpaid bills are on track to reach $35 billion in just five years. Similarly, lacking significant Medicaid reforms, fiscal experts say Illinois faces a $21 billion Medicaid backlog within five years.

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