Democrats hearing testimony on proposed budget cuts are questioning the governor’s commitment to making the state “compassionate.” While going over $17.8 million in proposed cuts within the Illinois Department of Human Services, State Rep. Fred Crespo (D-Hoffman Estates) suggested the governor’s ignoring the first half of his “compassionate and competitive” slogan.
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“We’re forgetting about our social responsibility, and it seems like no one wants to talk about that,” Crespo said. “I’m hearing folks in the legislature now talk about that, making statements like ‘we can’t be compassionate until we get our house in order.’”
State Rep. Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) defended the governor’s position.
“What he believes, and I believe, too, is that we cannot be compassionate unless we’re competitive,” Morrison said.
According to Morrison, without greater economic growth, deeper cuts to human services programs will be necessary in future budgets.