By Andrew Thomason | Illinois Statehouse News
SPRINGFIELD – In order to pay down overdue bills, Illinois Senate Democrats want to siphon cash from special funds that support myriad projects — including Boy and Girl Scouts, tourism, energy assistance and transit development.
The fund raids are part of a broader budget crafted by Senate Democrats, which was approved in part by a senate committee Monday night. The proposal wants to use $403 million from more than 500 special funds to pay down $8.5 billion in overdue bills the state owes vendors and schools.
Senate Democrats project $1.9 billion in special funds will go unspent by the end of fiscal year 2013.
Targeted special funds include:
- Autism Awareness Fund
- Boy Scout and Girl Scout Fund
- Coal Mining Regulatory Fund
- Drug Treatment Fund
- Insurance Financial Regulation Fund
- Military Affairs Trust
- Pesticide Control Fund
- Real Estate License Administration Fund
- Youth Drug Abuse Prevention Fund
Senate Republicans attacked the Democrats’ for spending more than the $33.7 billion revenue estimate the General Assembly agreed to budget by earlier this spring.
The Supreme Court ruled that all money paid to state funds may be used at the state’s discretion regardless of the fund’s purpose.
The pain isn’t over for the Cycle Rider Safety Training Fund: Senate Democrats said they may tap it again this year.
Originally reported by Illinois Statehouse News. Read the original article here.