Effects of the Crisis

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Below of merely some of the many disastrous impacts of failing to pass a budget.

Illinois Department of Transportation
How will they be impacted?
Without a budget, the Illinois Department of Transportation does not have a way of paying its contractors. If there is no budget, the Illinois Department of Transportation will be forced to halt all construction work on July 1st.
Why do we need a budget?
The Illinois Department of Transportation requires a budget in order to pay its contractors and workers; therefore, a budget is necessary if current and future roadwork projects are to continue.

Illinois Bond Ratings
How will they be impacted?
Without a budget, Illinois is unable to pay its bills, which has caused the state’s credit ratings to drop, making them the lowest they have been in 44 years as well as the lowest state credit ratings in the country. This drop in state credit ratings means that it is becoming more and more expensive for Illinois to borrow money. This extra borrowing expense is directly due to a lack of a budget, and will result in higher costs to taxpayers, increased difficulty for Illinois to raise funds to meet basic needs of its residents, and a further cut to educational services.
Why do we need a budget?
If a budget is not put in place, there is a possibility of further decline in Illinois’s credit ratings. Decreasing credit ratings may result in an inability to borrow money from other states as well as possible tax increases for Illinois citizens.

Human and Social Services
How will they be impacted?
Without a budget, social service providers statewide may be unable to pay their debts or their workers, thereby forcing many organizations to shut down. Rural areas are predicted to see the majority of closures, thus leaving many parts of Illinois with almost no social services, including drug and addiction centers as well as mental health centers. Without these services, many Illinois residents may have little to no access to physical, economic, and mental health resources.
Why do we need a budget?
Many social services organizations, including mental and physical health facilities, rely on state funding to maintain their facilities and pay their practitioners. Without a budget, these organizations may be forced to terminate employees or shut down entirely, leaving many Illinois citizens without access to mental, physical, and emotional care and support.

Illinois Universities
How will they be impacted?
Public state universities such as Northeastern University have been experiencing severe lack of funding, resulting in employee furloughs, employee downsizing, and resource elimination. Without the funding that a budget provides, Northeastern University may be forced to eliminate as many as 120 employees by the end of September as well as critical student resources, such as tutors, writing labs, computer labs, and library access.
Why do we need a budget?
Without a budget, public state universities are incapable of providing quality higher education. A budget is critical for students and employees of state universities; without state funding, university students and faculty will suffer severe declines in their educational facilities.