July 16, 2014
Shortfalls will need to be addressed
by Derek Pope
With the state of Illinois’s new fiscal year beginning on July 1, Governor Pat Quinn gave up his opposition to the state budget passed by lawmakers in May and approved the majority of the bill just one day before the deadline. The new state budget, which Quinn has repeatedly described as “incomplete” due to its exclusion of an extended income tax increase, may provide a fiscal framework under which the government can operate, but it does little to mitigate the daunting uncertainty felt by state agencies including the Illinois Department of Aging and its East Illinois Area Agency on Aging, which supports seniors services in Moultrie County.