Illinois state government agencies have been partially shut down since July 1, after budget negotiations between the Democrat-controlled state legislature and Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) broke down and the fiscal year ended without an agreement.
In late June, Rauner vetoed lawmakers’ proposal to increase the state’s deficit spending by $3 billion. In turn, legislative leaders have rejected Rauner’s budget proposal, balking at proposed reforms to the state’s labor laws and its workers compensation and unemployment insurance programs.
‘Used to Business as Usual’
Bob Williams, president of State Budget Solutions, a nonpartisan public policy organization focusing on local and state budget issues, says Illinois lawmakers are refusing to compromise because they wish to maintain the status quo.
“Rauner has a positive agenda to turn the state around, but he’s dealing with legislators that aren’t used to facing up to the state’s problems,” Williams said. “They are used to business as usual with...
House and Senate lawmakers are questioning Obama administration officials about whether they plan to issue a rush of “midnight regulations” during the “lame duck” period between the presidential election in November 2016 and the official start date for Obama’s successor in January 2017.
At a hearing of the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs’ Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management in July, Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) asked Howard Shelanski, the White House...
The Salem, Oregon City Council voted to ban tobacco and e-cigarette use in public parks.
The ban started on August 22.
The new law also prohibits marijuana use, which is legal in the state, in outdoor public areas.
Steve Buckstein, a senior policy analyst for the Cascade Policy Institute, says bans on smoking in public places lay the groundwork for more bans and restrictions on otherwise legal products.
“Much like people who don’t like guns would like to eventually get rid of all guns, people...