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Illinois Democratic governor says if the federal government does not bail out his state, it will face ‘nightmare scenario’ of a 5% budget cut

Illinois Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzer sounded the “alarm” Tuesday regarding the possibility that Illinois may have to cut 5% from its budget next year, which he described as a “nightmare scenario.” He also pleaded with the federal government for a bailout package to help avert such a “nightmare.”

“Until Republicans in Washington decide otherwise, middle class, working class and poor families across our state and across the nation will likely suffer from cuts to public safety, education, human services and environmental safety — and the potential layoffs will make the economic recession worse,” Pritzker said. “I can promise you that, for everyone and anyone who got into public service who actually wants to serve the public, this is a nightmare scenario.”

Meanwhile, Illinois Republicans had little sympathy for Pritzker’s pleas, saying that they warned Pritzker months ago that the state’s revenues, which are anticipated to reach only $37 billion, were woefully inadequate to pay for the governor’s $42 billion budget package.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, House Republican leader Jim Durkin said, “House Republicans repeatedly warned the Democrats in May about this looming catastrophe — budgeting for $42 billion in spending with only $37 billion in revenue.”

Pritzler warned that the budget shortfall could lead to “thousands” of layoffs. The city of Chicago has also faced a severe budget shortfall this year, leading mayor Lori Lightfoot — who has engaged in a frequent war of words with President Donald Trump — to propose a budget that includes severe cutbacks for 2021 in order to make up for a shortfall this year.

Of note, Illinois has consistently lagged behind most of the rest of the country, and federal guidance, when it comes to allowing economic activity to resume in the state. This means that many Illinois small business owners have had to cut their budgets by 100% specifically because of orders issued by Pritzker and his administration, as opposed to the “nightmare” 5% potential state budget cut bemoaned by Pritzker.

For their part, Illinois Republicans promised to work with Democrats to fix the budget hole, though they made it clear that they accepted no responsibility for the shortfall.

Durkin told the Sun-Times, “The $5 billion hole, created by the Democrat-controlled government, was to be filled on a wish and a prayer through a Congressional bailout that never happened. This may be the worst budget in recent memory. My caucus will gladly return to Springfield to fix this disaster with a reality check on our finances and hopefully avoid further damage to our state.”

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The LAPD has run out of cash and can’t pay officers overtime; morale is at ‘rock bottom’

The Los Angeles Police Department’s budget has been so depleted by the COVID-19 outbreak, and officers have been working so much due to the recent protests, that the department has run out of cash and can no longer afford to pay officers overtime, KTTV-TV reported.

Going forward, officers will be paid for overtime they work with additional paid time off, and the normal limit on the number of hours they can accrue has been lifted. But during a difficult time for the department, and with more budget cuts being pushed in the city council, morale low at the LAPD.

“It’s very disheartening,” Sgt. Jerretta Sandoz, vice president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, said. “The officers have lost trust, they were told, cancel days off, cancel vacations, and we will pay you cash overtime, then a memo comes out that they have no more cash. The officers are not happy right now, aside from taking bottles, bricks, I don’t know what else they can handle and now to be told there’s no cash, they’re at their wit’s end.”

LAPD officers have worked about $40 million in overtime, during the recent protests and riots, that the city is unable to pay. Going forward, nonessential overtime has been canceled. Metropolitan Transit Authority overtime can potentially be cashed out when the budget is replenished.

The LAPD issued a statement on the matter:

The Los Angeles Police Department offers cash overtime to officers when it is available, and when those allotted amounts are depleted that compensation is offered in time.

The COVID-19 pandemic and full mobilization of the Department depleted that cash reserve before the end of the fiscal year and we transitioned to comp time last week.

Regarding MTA details, consistent with our notice officers will be compensated in time, and when the MTA reimburses the Department the officers’ time compensation will be converted to cash.

“It’s rock bottom, very, very low, they’re not robots, they’re human beings and to have city leaders turn their back on them in the midst of a pandemic as well as riots and protests, angry mobs that were attacking them on the front lines when they’re trying to protect life and property, it’s hard for them right now,” Sandoz said about officers’ morale.

The Los Angeles City Council budget committee moved forward with a proposal to cut up to $150 million from the LAPD budget for 2020-21, which will be considered by the full council.

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What Can Beginner & Seasoned Preppers Do During The Coronavirus Lockdown?

Boredom has set in for many in the United States, as the lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic continues for most. As preppers, our goal should not be to watch others suffer and laugh at their misery because they failed to prepare.  Instead, we should be helping others also prepare so the mass panic of a pandemic will be minimal next time around. And during lockdown is a great time to start.

People are in tough enough situations such as losing their jobs and being forced to close their businesses. Because of the dramatic effect of the sacrifices many have been commanded to make, this situation has had the positive effect of creating more people who want to be prepared for possible catastrophes.

It’s hard to not jump on the bandwagon and tell people “I told you so,” but if you want to be secure in your preparedness, the best thing you can do is help others secure their own preps. If others have food, it’s less likely they’ll be willing to risk severe bodily harm to steal food from you.

So what can new and seasoned preppers do while locked down?

Start by doing an audit of your supplies.  This is completely free and won’t cost you a dime. If you are beginning, you may not have much to check.  If you are not new to prepping, make sure everything is in working order, and the food is still good. Make a list of things you need to add to your gear. Once you have a list of things you would like to add to your supplies, start looking if you have money to spare. If not, start researching what you’ll be paying for those items so you can save up.

Not many anticipated that people would wipe out toilet paper first filling their entire cart with so much that it would take them 5 years to use it all.  Obviously, that money could have been spent on better items, like personal hygiene and healthy foods to boost the immune system.  For those who don’t already have enough toilet paper, it has been a rough few weeks.  But there are other solutions.

Consider getting a bidet.  These are fairly inexpensive and could mean the toilet paper you have stored could be bartered in an emergency.

Please do not flush paper towels and baby wipes! A plumbing problem during a catastrophe like a pandemic could mean you are out the use of your toilet until things subside. If you have a septic tank, it’s terrible for those, and you could damage the sewage system causing more problems that could make your life hell on earth especially during a lockdown.

As you figure out what you need, the next step is to make a budget. Have a set amount that you can spend on preparedness each month.  Make sure you are prepping your finances too, because the economic toll this will take, especially those who own small businesses or who provided services, will be massive. Have an emergency fund with 3-6 months worth of expenses set aside.  Use it only for emergencies.

Lastly, start boosting up your supplies, or for those who already had what they needed before this lockdown arrived, replenish items.  If you used up your peanut butter to avoid going to the grocery store, get more. Here is a list of items currently available that I have recently purchased. Some I used up, others expired, and some are additions or upgrades:

Bulk Peanut Butter (Individual jars are fine, but this is a 9lb tub)

Laundry Detergent

Hydrogen Peroxide

Paracord

Bulk Chia Seeds

Dried Black Beans

Dried Vegetable Soup Mix

Suture Kit (a great book to use a resource is The Survival Medicine Handbook: THE essential guide for when medical help is NOT on the way)

An Edible Plant Book

Bulk Toilet Paper (In stock at the time of this writing)

Vaseline

Upgraded Vehicle First Aid Kit

Do your audit and figure out what you might need or want to add.  If you can envision using it, you should add it to your list to acquire. Remember, when it comes to prepping: It’s better to have it and not need it than to need it an not have it.

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Trump’s chief of staff says Republicans only care about deficits when a Democrat is president

President Donald Trump’s acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, who was formerly the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, pointed out the hypocrisy of the Republican Party when it comes to the deficit, The Washington Post reported.

In a Wednesday night speech at the Oxford Union, Mulvaney said Republicans take a very different tone on the budget when a Democrat is president than they do when a Republican is in the White House.

What did he say?

“My party is very interested in deficits when there is a Democrat in the White House,” Mulvaney said, according to the Post. “The worst thing in the whole world is deficits when Barack Obama was the president. Then Donald Trump became president, and we’re a lot less interested as a party.”

Mulvaney also said that although he finds the deficit, which reached $1 trillion in 2019, “extraordinarily disturbing,” Republicans don’t care about it, and neither do voters.

Is he correct?

In 2011, a group of 23 Republican senators wrote a letter to then-President Barack Obama, urging him to address the rising deficit.

“Government spending is growing at an alarming rate, and the federal budget deficit has reached record levels,” the group of senators wrote to Obama. “Congress will soon face a vote to increase the debt ceiling yet again, the fourth time in your Presidency and the 11th time in the last decade. Future generations will drown in debt forced onto them by the inactions of Congresses and Administrations far before their time. The time to remedy these failures is now.”

In 2019, as it turns out, 23 Republican senators (although not all the same ones) voted against a budget deal supported by President Trump, citing concerns that it did not address the deficit problem.

However, those 23 senators also either voted in favor of the president’s tax cuts or publicly supported them while they weren’t yet in Congress. Although the tax cuts have helped create a strong economy, they come at the cost of a likely shortfall of $1 trillion or more over the 10 years following adoption of the tax law.

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