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  • Living in Illinois Teaches People to Hate Government

    06/21/2017 11:47:12 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 35 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | June 21, 2017 | Phil Kadner
    Illinois is the reason people hate government. The state is in the middle of a terrible financial crisis and two political titans are battling over bragging rights to the political carnage. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, who is likely to spend more than $100 million on his political campaign if he runs for re-election next year, claims to be on the side of reform. Rauner wants to freeze property taxes, cut worker’s compensation and undermine collective bargaining rights. He would also like term limits for state officials and reduce the gerrymandering of legislative districts. On the other side there is Michael...
  • Powerball, Mega Millions to drop Illinois due to state’s budget crisis

    06/16/2017 8:56:41 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 41 replies
    Chicago Suntimes ^ | 6/15/2017 | Tina Sfondeles and Stefano Esposito
    The popular Powerball lottery and Mega Millions games will drop Illinois at the end of June without a budget agreement, Illinois Lottery officials said Thursday. Concern over the state’s fiscal condition prompted the Multi-State Lottery Association to drop Powerball in Illinois, according to internal Illinois Lottery communications obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times. Mega Millions also plans to drop the state unless a budget agreement comes together, state officials confirmed. Without a budget in place, the state isn’t authorized to make payments to Mega Millions or the association. Those decisions were reached at national lottery meetings held this week, Illinois Lottery...
  • Trump Admin Orders Federal Agencies to Eliminate Dozens of Paperwork Requirements

    06/15/2017 2:49:02 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 5 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 6/15/17 | Cameron Cawthorne
    The Trump administration announced on Thursday it would be eliminating an obscure rule requiring federal agencies to provide updates on how they will prepare for a bug that infected computers in 2000. In addition to eliminating the Y2K bug rule, agencies will also be eradicating dozens of other paperwork requirements. For example, the Pentagon will not have to file a report each time a small business vendor is paid, which consumes approximately 1,200 man hours, according to Bloomberg. "We're looking for stuff everyone agrees is a complete waste of time," Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters...
  • Powerball, Mega Millions to leave Illinois if no budget passed: report

    06/15/2017 10:59:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    CLTV ^ | 06/15/2017
    CHICAGO — A published report says the multi-state lottery association overseeing Powerball and Mega Millions games will dump Illinois by the end of June if the state doesn’t end its budget impasse. Illinois Lottery spokesman Jason Schaumburg tells The Chicago Sun-Times it’s another example of why Illinois needs a budget. The newspaper also cites internal lottery communications showing concern about Illinois’ finances. The budget stalemate could enter a third year if lawmakers don’t reach agreement by July 1. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats controlling the Legislature have been deadlocked since 2015. The Sun-Times says Illinois reported $99 million in...
  • Journal Times editorial: The time for toll roads has arrived in Wisconsin

    06/15/2017 10:10:55 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Journal Times ^ | May 30, 2017 | The Journal Times Editorial Board
    Now that the long Memorial Day holiday is over and legislators and the governor have returned from their road trips, we hope they have a better sense of the condition of highways around the state and a renewed sense of urgency on the need for upgrades and repairs. The first order of business, it would seem to us, is to come to some agreement on a state transportation budget for the next two years. Hopefully, hopefully, when that is done they will also take a longer-term view of Wisconsin’s highway construction needs and how best they should be met —...
  • Trump infrastructure push faces cold shoulder from Congress

    06/15/2017 5:41:19 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    WXOW News 19 ^ | June 6, 2017 | Erica Werner (AP)
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Repairing the nation's crumbling roads and bridges was supposed to be an area ripe for bipartisan compromise between congressional Democrats and President Donald Trump. Instead, Democrats are panning Trump's proposed $1 trillion overhaul and even Republicans are balking at some aspects of the emerging plan. The White House's self-proclaimed "Infrastructure Week" began with Trump appearing Monday with aviation officials and some prominent GOP lawmakers to announce plans to privatize the nation's air traffic control system and separate operations from the Federal Aviation Administration.
  • Tillerson Slams Biden: ‘Show Me Your Results and I’ll Tell You Your Commitment’

    06/13/2017 10:23:32 AM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 19 replies
    Washington Free Bacon ^ | 06/13/2017 | Jack Heretik
    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday slammed a comment from former Vice President Joe Biden about how budgets reflect priorities. "Don't tell me what you value; show me your budget and I'll tell you what you value," Biden had said. Sen. Chris Coons (D., Del.) mentioned Biden's quote during Tuesday's Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing with Tillerson. Coons used the quote to reference the Trump administration's proposed funding cuts to the State Department's budget. Tillerson said that results gauged values more than funding. "Having the funds are certainly appreciated and needed, but then we have to be able to...
  • Tolls, private financing obstacles to Trump's $1 trillion infrastructure plan

    06/12/2017 8:16:35 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Huntsville Item ^ | June 10, 2017 | Kery Murakami CNHI Washington Bureau
    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s grand plan to spend $1 trillion over the next 10 years on highways and other infrastructure improvements faces a formidable roadblock in Congress and state legislatures. There’s agreement the investment is badly needed to improve the nation’s sagging infrastructure but how to cover the huge expense is the point of tension. Trump would use $200 billion in public funds to generate $800 billion in private money under a partnership program that would finance government bonds and also return a profit to private companies through interstate tolls and other user fees. To do that, Congress would...
  • Tension mounts over CT budget

    06/02/2017 7:26:56 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 31 replies
    Eyewitness News 3 ^ | June 2, 2017 | Susan Raff and Joseph Wenzel IV
    HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - Connecticut lawmakers were working at the State Capitol on Friday in the final days of the session. Democrats said they were finding it harder to get bills passed, now that Republicans have more seats and carry more weight. "They said they wanted to lead. They told the voters in the state of Connecticut give us more seats and we will be at the table,” House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz said. “And you know what we have heard, we will offer no votes."
  • Trump's So-Called Medicaid 'Cuts' Actually Increase Federal Spending

    05/30/2017 8:31:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Reason ^ | 05/30/2017 | A. Barton Hinkle
    Last week, President Trump proposed massive spending increases for Medicaid. Of course, most of the media didn't report it that way. They reported that the president's proposal "slashes spending." That he wants to cut "at least $610 billion" from Medicaid. That "Trump's Budget Cuts Deeply Into Medicaid." And so on. That might be vaguely true in the Washington sense. It's not at all true in the real-world sense. Here's the difference. If you look at the actual White House budget proposal, you'll note that it includes tables for "baseline" spending and "proposed" spending. Baseline spending is spending that would occur...
  • UN Says Trump Budget Inadequate [semi-satire]

    05/29/2017 10:54:47 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 28 May 2017 | John Semmens
    The Trump Administration's budget aims to reduce the United States' annual contribution toward funding the United Nations. Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, complained that "the amounts laid out in the budget aren't sufficient for us to continue the vital work of the organization." Currently, there are 193 member nations in the UN. The US has been paying 22% of the UN's $5.4 billion "core" budget and 28% of the UN's $7.9 billion "peacekeeping" budget. Trump's budget proposal would cut the US contribution by one-third and cap the US share of "peacekeeping" at 25%. Dujarric declared that "the...
  • Flaws in liberal "logic" regarding the budget

    05/27/2017 8:52:30 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/27/17 | A. Dru Kristenev
    So, Schumer, Pelosi, Sanders, de Blasio and Zuckerberg, get your act together to understand that no one, government or conglomerate can supply health, happiness or purpose for another human being One unremarkable guest (didn’t get his name, in any case) appearing on the Intelligence Report on FBN emphatically asked how poor people are served if the budget is cut that goes to the very people who provide the services? What he didn’t understand is that the budget allocated to administrators only fuels administration. For the most part, a minor percentage makes it into the pockets of those meant to be...
  • Connecticut, home to great wealth, may be sinking into a fiscal mire

    05/26/2017 4:05:01 PM PDT · by Early2Rise · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/26/2017 | Elizabeth Liorente
    The administration of Gov. Dannel Malloy, a Democrat who has been in office since 2011, projects a budget deficit of more than $5 billion over the next two years, thanks to generous pension benefits and the burden of servicing its big debt, plus falling tax revenue due to the exodus of large employers and residents reaching retirement age. Its budget woes, as well as concerns that they will be repeated year after year, helped lead General Electric in 2015 to consider moving its headquarters out of the state. Last year, it did exactly that. The state’s population is falling: Its...
  • Fake News: Nets Push Myth of Trump Spending “Cuts”

    05/26/2017 11:22:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | May 26, 2017 | Rich Noyes
    >In covering the President’s proposed budget this week, network reporters unanimously claimed it “cut” or even “slashed” federal spending. An MRC analysis of ABC, CBS and NBC morning and evening news coverage since Monday (May 22) finds that not a single reporter ever told viewers that overall federal spending would actually RISE under President Trump’s planned budget — just not as much as forecast under the budget baseline Trump inherited from President Obama back in January. In 13 news stories from May 22 to May 25, network journalists made 30 references to “cuts” in federal spending, either referring to specific...
  • Trump’s Budget Cuts NO Spending

    05/25/2017 6:22:45 PM PDT · by TBP · 31 replies
    iPatriot ^ | May 25, 2017 | Brent Smith, aka The Common Constitutionalist
    President Trump has released his fiscal 2018 budget proposal and it seems the world may end because of it – maybe as early as Memorial Day. Republicans and Democrats couldn’t wait to get to the nearest microphone or reporter to wail about draconian budget cuts to this or that department. Both Parties are nauseatingly hyperbolic. This we expect from the socialist Dems, but some of the Republicans are equally insane. The Huffington Post reports of Lindsey Graham going off the deep end over proposed cuts to the State Department. “Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Tuesday that if ‘fully implemented,’ President...
  • Trump Lectures NATO Allies To Their Faces As They Look On In Awkward Silence

    05/25/2017 10:22:06 AM PDT · by blam · 52 replies
    Uncova. com ^ | 5-25-2017
    President Donald Trump on Thursday lectured a group of leaders from member countries of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization over not contributing their "fair share" in defense spending. Standing beside Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Trump blasted the nearly two-dozen member countries that have not met their "financial obligations" to increase defense spending to 2% of GDP. This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States, and many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years," said as the other leaders stood in awkward silence. "We should recognize that with...
  • Rep. Steve Scalise Discusses Trump’s Budget

    05/25/2017 7:37:25 AM PDT · by SeanG200 · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 24, 2017 | Michael Medved
    Michael Medved interviews House of Representatives Majority Whip and representative for Louisiana's 1st congressional district, Steve Scalise. Steve responds first to a statement by Rachel Maddow that the House Republicans haven’t done anything since they took office. Then the discussion focused on this administrations work to help the middle-class and lower class get work, leave the dependent lifestyle, and the like.
  • Michael Medved Covers Trump's Budget Proposal

    05/25/2017 7:33:51 AM PDT · by SeanG200 · 16 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 24, 2017 | Michael Medved
    I like Medved's take because he (unlike many other commentators) takes calls which are negative to his view. A good short article on Trump's budget is over at POWERLINE talking about the projected GDP (http://tinyurl.com/ltjnux5). The WASHINGTON TIMES notes that this budget is shocking! (http://tinyurl.com/mfd3yfq). To which I say.... Shock Away!
  • Irony: Pro-Abortion CBS Decries Budget Impact on Society’s ‘Weakest Members’

    05/24/2017 4:01:47 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | May 24, 2017 | Scott Whitlock
    The aggressively pro-abortion journalists at CBS have suddenly discovered a need to protect society’s “weakest members.” But it’s not a turn towards respecting the pro-life position. No, the hosts of CBS This Morning on Wednesday conveniently used this talking point as a way to decry Donald Trump’s proposed budget.  Talking to Ohio Governor John Kasich, Charlie Rose demanded, “Governor, what do you say to those who say a society and a civilization can measured by how it treats its weakest members?” Earlier this year, CBS decried Republicans for their effort to defund Planned Parenthood. But that’s apparently not what CBS reporters have...
  • McCain: Trump’s Budget Dead on Arrival

    05/24/2017 1:49:36 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 57 replies
    Tuesday Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said President Donald Trump’s budget was dead on arrival. In a statement, McCain said, “President Trump’s $603 billion defense budget request is inadequate to the challenges we face, illegal under current law, and part of an overall budget proposal that is dead on arrival in Congress.” McCain was asked by MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt, “Can I ask you about president’s budget? Is it dead on arrival?” He replied, “Yes. and the commitment to rebuilding the military cannot be fulfilled with this level of spending. It is $30 billion too short.”