Analysis: Backlog of Unpaid Ill. Bills Will Shrink
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A new analysis of the Illinois budget predicts a modest reduction
in the state's huge backlog of unpaid bills.
The Civic Federation says the mix of overdue
bills, Medicaid payments and insurance claims could drop by 14 percent, to $7.6
But the report released Monday warns of some
The Civic Federation says state officials
didn't include enough money for the Medicaid program and insurance claims from
public employees. It also argues some of the projections for trimming Medicaid
costs are unrealistic.
Unless officials address those problems, the
budget deficit could start growing again.
Gov. Pat Quinn's office didn't
address the report's specific findings, but did agree that there's still much
work to be done on the budget -- especially on cutting pension expenses.