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Gov. Quinn’s Budget Proposal is Completely Asinine, Virtually Ignores Pension and Medicaid Reform

Sandack: This budget is no better than the last fiscal year. It's much worse. It doesn't pay down debt and ignores Medicaid and pension reform.

SPRINGFIELD, IL – State Sen. Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove) said after months of dismal fiscal news, Governor Quinn offered no prospects of financial recovery in his budget address on Feb. 22.

“Governor Quinn has failed to do what this state needs most, which is to craft a reasonable and responsible budget,” Sen. Sandack said.  “This budget is no better than the last fiscal year—it’s much worse. He has proposed to spend $50 million more this year, in the midst of the largest fiscal crisis the state has ever experienced, while doing little to pay down the bill backlog and little to no details on Medicaid and pension reform.  It’s completely asinine.  We need cuts in size and scope and nothing should be exempt from review and reduction.” 

Sen. Sandack stressed Medicaid and pension reform, saying without it, Illinois will continue to drown in liabilities.  Despite a target of reducing Medicaid spending, the proposed budget would actually see a record 3 million persons on Medicaid during the coming year—adding 160,000 persons to the program.  Furthermore, while the governor acknowledged the ballooning public pension payments, he offered no real specifics of reform. 

“We are not going to get anywhere without serious attention to Medicaid and pension reform,” he said.  “It’s extremely disappointing and detrimental to the state.  This was the year we needed change and leadership, and yet we see much of the same as years past. What we’ve heard today will do nothing to bring any sort of fiscal responsibility to the state.”

Sen. Sandack said Gov. Quinn’s proposed spending levels were unacceptable and set the stage for the temporary 67 percent tax increase to become permanent.

“Reducing the state's backlog of bills was cited as a primary reason for last year's massive income tax hike,” he noted.  “The budget the governor proposed today would leave just $160 million to pay off old bills and spends 99.5 percent of every anticipated dollar the state would receive in the coming year.  The $160 million towards bills, which the tax increase was supposed to pay off in the first place, is only 1.9 percent of the backlog, a number that is likely to grow with this budget.  That’s like a drop in a bucket.” 

It is estimated that without budget reform, the state backlog will reach $35 billion, or about $2 billion more than the state's entire annual general fund, by 2017.

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PAUL C. March 01, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Jeff, Those are conjured up facts! Those letters and lawsuits are things you just made up.....I mean legally pulled up like any citizen could! Oh many thought nobody would discover these little details that aren't so little. You see the citizens of District 81 need to know EVERYBODY who's endorsing you not just the ONES that you decide.
Jello March 01, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Government ‘Illinois’: French for ‘Just like Greece’ http://www.theblaze.com/blog/2012/01/20/illinois-french-for-just-like-greece/
Jello March 01, 2012 at 08:26 PM
John Taylor's Open Letter To Greece: "Get Out Greece! Get Out Right Now!" "Get out Greece! Get out right now! You should have moved two years ago; you missed that chance, but now it is much better than later... The standard of living will drop for everyone" http://www.zerohedge.com/news/john-taylors-open-letter-greece-get-out-greece-get-out-right-now (Maybe time to get out of Illinois?)
Jello March 01, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Ten States That Cannot Pay Their Bills http://247wallst.com/2012/01/11/ten-states-that-cannot-pay-their-bills/ Citizens Of Illinois Get Slapped With Staggering 33% Income Tax Hike To Fill Deficit Say a prayer for the citizens of Illinois this evening Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/citizens-of-illinois-get-slapped-with-staggering-33-income-tax-hike-to-fill-deficit-2010-3#ixzz1ntroZs71 (We need to have this repealed!)
Jeffrey Crane March 01, 2012 at 08:44 PM
(Maybe time to get out of Illinois) That's right Roseann. Because nothing ever changes. People keep voting in people like Sandack that just want to join the Springfield establishment and the citizens be damned. Several of my friends have already left the state. People will eventually vote with thier feet, some out of choice, some out of necessity if the culture in Springfield doesn't change.

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