Progress or purgatory?

Progress or purgatory?

Posted by JP on Tue, 05/20/2008 - 16:06
Former U.S. House Speaker Denny Hastert and SIU President Glenn Poshard were scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. news conference to announce the latest plan for billions of dollars in state-sponsored construction spending. It's 4 p.m. and they're no where to be seen. When last spotted, they were headed into the governor's office, like so many construction advocates before them. For weeks, Hastert and Poshard have emerged from similar meetings to tell reporters "good progress" was made on reaching a deal on how to pay for the construction spending. It's going to take something along the lines of gambling expansion or a tax increase or selling off the lottery to come up with the millions upfront to finance such a plan. So far, lawmakers have been unwilling to put their collective political necks on the line and approve any of those plans (though in all fairness the Senate has at least twice voted to expand gambling). One would think that at some point Poshard needs to get back to his real job -- running the Southern Illinois University system. That is, afterall, what taxpayers and tuition-payers pay him to do. Hastert is retired.
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