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New Report Offers Changes To State Budgeting Process

A recent report from the University of Illinois’ Institute of Government and Public Affairs suggests changes to the state’s budgeting process that could help prevent future disasters.

Richard Dye, one of the authors of the report, says the prolonged budget crisis has overshadowed the underling practices that created it. 

“Once we get into a crisis as deep as we are, then we’re pedaling as fast as we can and we don’t think about little process-based things that may make it a little nicer easier or clearer three and five years down the road,” Dye said.

Among other things, the authors suggest long term planning and making the process more transparent by disclosing when one-time revenues -- like borrowing -- are used to pay ongoing costs.


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