Tuesday, April 21, 2009
State Treats Stimulus Like Taxpayers
Stimulus money paying Illinois bills:
    More than $1 billion in federal stimulus money is winding its way toward Illinois school districts. But don't expect any major changes in local education efforts.

    Rather, the cash — approved by the U.S. Department of Education on Monday — will largely go toward paying bills the state already owes to school districts for items like transportation and special education services.
Isn't that what taxpayers did with their stimulus checks? Instead of running out and buying consumer goods, they paid bills?

Unfortunately, at the state level, this is a real problem if states spend that one-time (hah!) windfall to pay ongoing expenses because those expenses will still be there when the funds are gone.

But it keeps state officials from having to make difficult decisions, hopefully until such time as the state officials become Federal officials, leaving a new crop of leaders to deal with the mess.

To say Noggle, one first must be able to say the "Nah."