CHAMPAIGN - Nothing can be more upsetting to the digestive tract than having a touchy subject come up at a dinner publicized to be a "unity" event, but that's what happened in Champaign County over the weekend.
Democrat Lieutenant Governor candidate Paul Vallas criticized the state budget fellow Democrat candidate for treasurer, State Senator Mike Frerichs voted for last week.
“We’ve had decades of bad practices: borrowing, deferring, not funding your pensions, not paying your bills, not being willing to make the tough decisions on the revenue side,” Vallas told about 160 Democrats at a dinner at the Laborer’s Union Hall in Urbana as reported by the Champaign News-Gazette.
Vallas may not have realized he was criticizing Democrats like Frerichs, while blasting the unbalanced Illinois budget.
“It bothers me that we’re borrowing again and we seem to be relapsing into the same kinds of practices that got us into this position in the first place,” said Vallas. “It’s unfortunate that we’re going to have to defer some obligations so that we’re not paying down the bills like we had planned.”
State Rep. Tom Cross (R-Plainfield) who's vying to succeed State Treasurer Dan Rutherford in the November election, poked at the Democrats' hypocrisy.
"The unbalanced budget supported by Frerichs and opposed by Vallas spends $35.7 billion using gimmicks like borrowing, delaying payments and one-time revenue sources," Cross said.
Because of the unbalanced budget and financial gimmicks, media outlets have reported that the state’s unpaid bill backlog is expected to increase by nearly $2 billion by the end of the fiscal year and Illinois could have a budget deficit of over $4 billion to start FY16.
"Let’s be clear, Illinois’ budget violates state law. It is hundreds of millions of dollars out of balance," Cross said. "And it ensures Illinois will remain with one of the nations’ worst budget deficits that will only deteriorate further over time and result in more massive and job-killing tax increases."