Comptroller says she can't pay Illinois lawmakers

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka said Thursday that she has no choice but to withhold lawmakers' paychecks, citing a precedent-setting court case that bars her from paying state employees without a budget appropriation or court order.

Gov. Pat Quinn cut $13.8 million for legislators' paychecks from a budget bill earlier this month, saying it wouldn't be restored until lawmakers addressed the state's $97 billion pension shortfall. He also suspended his own pay.

"It is my deep hope that this matter is resolved expeditiously," either by a court or by lawmakers agreeing on a solution to the pension crisis, said Topinka, who undertook a legal review to determine if Quinn's actions were constitutional. The Riverside Republican said Thursday that Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office advised her of the case that appears to bar her from acting

She called Quinn's actions a "serious precedent that is being created," and said the stalemate was "no way to run government."

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Well, good. Maybe they will all go back under their rocks which they slithered out from.

Excellent!   Now, if we could just do that in other in-debt states and at the Federal level we might actually make some FORWARD progress-for-REAL instead of backward 'so-called-progress' by the 'self-labeled-progressives'.  

Again Ms.Olson, I will say thank you, great observation, can't you just hear the federal employees screaming now.

Too good to be true, Illinois of ALL places, no less...
They will double down of stupid and bribe taking . Only one guy
In Springfield that appears worth a thing

Shut'em down. Gotta love it.

   Not to worry , we will ALL pick up the tab via Obam-ass and his communist cabal .

Now if We, the People, can shut down our bloated, wasteful, irresponsible and worthless Federal government, this once great nation might have a chance to survive, let alone revive!

Is Illinois starting to circle Detroit's drain?

Illinois has been there to stupid to know it

Can we demand this for Washington D.C.  There is talk of shutting down the government which I have no problem with, they can hang a sign that states, "Closed for Repairs"....

The problem with shutting down D.C. is that all Federal Funds and payments to Disabled Veterans, and the Armed Forces would not get paid either then.....  duh.

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President Trump declared a State of Emergency at the US southern border on Friday.

Declaring the immigration crisis a national emergency was overdue. Presidents have declared national emergencies for nearly 50 years.

Barack Obama declared 13 national emergencies, 11 of which continue to this day. The Obama emergencies included the Swine Flu, Flint water crisis and Iran.

And Obama declared the Mexican drug cartels a national emergency in 2011.

Congress believes President Trump has $21 billion in unobligated military construction funding money available for the border wall with Mexico.

Now this was mostly ignored by the liberal media. President Trump is using Barack Obama’s previous national emergency on Mexican drug cartels to get funding for the border wall.

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As it turns out, back in 2011 then-President Barack Obama issued an executive order “blocking property of transnational criminal organizations organizations.” Obama cited his authority as granted through the Constitution to invoke the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, 50 U.S.C. 1701, and the National Emergencies Act, 50 U.S.C. 1601. The latter is the same legislation that Trump is citing to get funding for the wall to achieve his immigration reform goals. That executive order targeted a number of criminal organizations, including the Mexican Los Zetas cartel, an ally of the MS-13 gang President Trump has regularly called out as a danger to Americans.

“Drugs, gangs and people — an invasion,” Trump said on Friday. “We have an invasion coming into this country.”

Trump all but thanked his predecessor on Friday.

“We may be using one of the national emergencies that [Obama] signed having to do with criminal cartels… it’s a very good national emergency… we’re going to be using parts of it,” he said.

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