the Honorable Members of
Illinois House of Representatives,
Today I veto
House Bill 3143, which amends the State Prompt Payment Act to add certain human
services providers to the list of those eligible for interest penalty payments
from the state.
of doing business with the State of Illinois, including the years of
frustration in dealing with devastating payment delays, are numerous and in
need of attention. It is clear that we need dependable balanced budgets so
that our partners are not forced to wait months or, in some cases, years to
receive payment from the state. But the state’s ongoing problems with cash
flow and the timeliness of payments will not be aided by adding to its mountain
of liabilities through higher interest costs, which is precisely what this bill
to our problem is through the continued improvement of fiscal practices and
truly balanced budgets that allow the state to actually meet its financial
commitments. Unfortunately, while well intentioned, this bill will force
Illinois taxpayers to bear even greater costs as a result of years of
unbalanced budgets and fiscal mismanagement, and will tax an already
insufficient pool of resources for serving our most vulnerable residents.
pursuant to Section 9(b) of Article IV of the Illinois Constitution of 1970, I
hereby return House Bill 3143, entitled “AN ACT concerning finance”, with the
foregoing objections, vetoed in its entirety.