The stateâ€™s comptroller says itâ€™s not necessary to pass legislation to use any unexpected revenue on paying down the stateâ€™s bill backlog.
According to Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, the $1.2 billion in additional tax revenue that wasnâ€™t figured into this yearâ€™s budget is already being used to pay overdue bills.
â€śThere [are] no extra tax dollars coming in,â€ť Topinka said. â€śWhen it comes in, we pay out. Itâ€™s not like thereâ€™s this big bag of money sitting in my office and I kick it around a little bit every day just for the heck of it.â€ť
State Sen. Sam McCann (R-Carlinville) is sponsoring the proposal to use that money on reducing the backlog.
Topinka says those funds are the reason why the backlog has decreased, but warns that the amount of overdue bills may increase again once most of the state income tax revenue has been collected.