Your share of state debt? $1,000 each

ILLINOIS -- If you had to pay your fair share of the state's debt, each person would have to cough up $1,000.

It's according to Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza. She says the state's bill backlog has hit an all-time high of $12.8 billion. There are 12.8 million men, women and children living in the state.

The amount is the result of the state spending more than it takes in while operating without a budget for nearly two years.

Mendoza said the state's unprecedented failure to meet financial obligations will only cause more trouble for families if the budget impasse is not resolved:

Illinois is in the midst of a historic financial meltdown and these numbers tell only a small piece of the story. Our social service agencies, schools and seniors have suffered during the 21 months we’ve waited for executive action on an actual budget. It is long past time for the Governor to fulfill his duty under the Illinois’ Constitution (Article VIII Section 2(a)) to present a balanced budget proposal for the General Assembly to consider. Legislators must rise to the occasion and meet their responsibility as well.


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