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Budget team lays it all on the table

SPRINGFIELD -- The governor's budget plan aims to chip away at the state's mountain of debt.
SPRINGFIELD -- The governor's budget plan aims to chip away at the state's mountain of debt. New numbers show the backlog is bigger than ever.

As of Tuesday, the unpaid bills add up to about $9-billion. Under current law, that figure grows daily. That's why state officials from the governor's and comptroller's offices sat with lawmakers to paint a picture of exactly where we're at.

The comptroller's office has bills dating back to last summer. That's money state agencies are waiting on to get by. Tuesday, the state's budget team put it all on the table, owned up to the debt and tried to get the state back on the right track. It's a big part of how the state's debt has gotten so bad in the last few years.

But, the budget team says it's putting it to a stop. So, the future's looking up. In fact, the newest budget calls for paying down $2-million of that backlog right away, plus, experts say they expect to have a few hundred million of it under wraps by summer.
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