According to the governor, the state will be tackling Medicaid and pensions as the Civic Federation has outlined in a report out earlier this week. Gov. Pat Quinn says he has reviewed the report and acknowledges more can be done to cut state spending and payoff a $9.2 billion backlog of debt. He says his office has focused on areas to maximize savings and when it comes to pension and Medicaid reforms his administration has plans.
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Last year Quinn pushed for cuts to the Medicaid reimbursement rate but lawmakers had no appetite for it. He says he’ll continue to push lawmakers for change there and says that his administration will continue to address pension reforms as well. The Civic Federation report said the state could face $35 billion in unpaid bills by 2017 if something to cut spending and pay down debt isn’t done soon.