...The backlog of bills waiting to be paid in the [Illinois] comptroller’s office has grown by $3 billion since the spring, when the state was flush with tax revenue... “As the numbers grow, so too do payment delays to vendors throughout the state,” said Brad Hahn, spokesman for Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.
...In early April, Hahn said, vendors were waiting at least four months for payments from the state, although some bills took longer than that to be paid... A strong tax season this year allowed the office to “aggressively pay down bills” in April and May. By the end of May, the backlog was down to $5.8 billion and vendors were waiting a minimum of two months to be paid, half what they were waiting at the start of April.
That was, however, the high-water mark in the state’s efforts to pay bills on time. By the end of June, also the end of the state’s fiscal year, the backlog was sitting at $6.1 billion.
By Oct. 1, the backlog was up to $7.5 billion, including bills that hadn’t been turned in for payment. And as of late last week, the total was at $8.8 billion.
Hahn said the office believes the total will hit $9 billion by the end of December, exactly where Topinka predicted it would be last summer. It is the second year the backlog will sit at $9 billion at the end of the calendar year...
Hahn claims the state is "treading water", which would mean they're staying afloat.
Gee, didn't I just read that Illinois state pensions are also underfunded by roughly $100 billion?
Uh, yeah, I did.
Hat tip: BadBlue Money.
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