Appropriate regular order in Illinois' state government budget preparation, approval and implementation process is constitutionally mandated; required by law; a sound management principle; and prerequisite to sustaining responsible, responsive, economical, efficient and effective government, inclusive public informed consent, and taxpayer intraperiod and interperiod equity.
In the absence of such order, inadequate public scrutiny and understanding of the objectives, details, nuances, and implications of planned and actual financing and spending activities can result in unfortunate judgments and imprudent decisions even by leaders having the best of intentions.
Two of the most harmful consequences of our present variance from appropriate budget process regular order are:
1. Failures of some particularly influential stakeholders to appreciate the public interest mission critical importance of firmly insisting upon actuarially determined level percentage of payroll annual employer contributions to public employee defined benefit pension plans; and
2. Unfortunate tendencies to misinterpret actuarial measures of unfunded pension obligations and/or report them in per capita terms creating potentials for misleading inferences and undue alarm about the sustainability of such plans and with respect to government's financial viability and service delivery capacity sufficiency.
Gov. Bruce Rauner has to commit to regular order, and the rest of us have to reciprocate by committing to a more appropriately public interest inclusive and responsive regular order than we were maintaining before the present gridlock.