Governor Quinn says schools will take a 400-million dollar hit if lawmakers don't pass pension reform, but some lawmakers doubt that, saying instead the governor is just trying to get lawmakers to act fast on pensions. Members of both major political parties say they are tired of Quinn pointing fingers, and should show some leadership.
State Senator Sam McCann of Carlinville says the budget speech yesterday didn't address how to reign in the debt so the 67% income tax increase that was passed a couple of years ago can sunset as promised.
Quinn's budget slashes spending for education and other key programs and includes no new taxes or fees. Quinn called the ballooning pension crisis a grievous condition that threatens the fiscal health of the state. He also promised to use executive orders to eliminate 75 state boards and commissions that he says are redundant and costly.