Newspaper: Budget impasse costing state more in long run

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Some vendors who provide Illinois services say the budget impasse costs the state more in the long run.

The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers cites a sample of vendors in its report. It says companies receive more interest with long delayed payments while other companies might avoid doing business with Illinois because of the impasse. That could lead to less competition and higher prices.

Others increase prices.

Alabama-based Shoe Corporation of Birmingham says they charge 1 percent more when dealing with Illinois. James Little is state and federal contracts administrator of the company which sells shoes to the Department of Corrections.

Illinois has been operating without a budget since July 1.

The Secretary of State’s office has already lost a contract with a security company over late payments.