Illinois Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger on June 10 informed the public of actions the state will have to take if the legislature does not pass a budget before the end of the fiscal year, by June 30.
Such action includes delayed paychecks for state workers; unanswered billings from, and no payments to, new Medicaid and other state financed health care providers; no new payments to other state vendors; and no general state aid (GSA) payments from the State Board of Education to school districts.
Munger said a limited amount of funds are available to pay essential bills under the lapse period law. The law permits leftover money appropriated for use in fiscal year 2015 to be spent down during the first 60 days of fiscal year 2016. However, the funds available fall far short of the monies needed to keep all of the state's legal commitments, such as paychecks for state workers and GSA payments to schools.