Gov. Pat Quinn had his first chance Wednesday to respond to criticism of his State of the State address. Asked where he would get the money to support some of the tax breaks he is pushing, such as abolishing the state tax on natural gas and creating a new tax credit for families, Quinn said it would all be laid out in his budget address February 22nd. “It wasn’t the budget address, that’s going to come in three weeks,” Quinn told reporters while visiting the Chrysler plant in Belvidere where he announced new jobs related to the building of the Dodge Dart.
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Quinn says what he is focused on at the moment is his job creation agenda. He says his number one priority is economic growth and jobs. He says more will be said about the state’s financial challenges come the budget address. Lawmakers on both sides of the political isle say the governor fell flat with his address Wednesday because he glossed over the biggest hurdle facing the state, the $9 billion debt crisis.