Gov. Pat Quinn is not spilling the details of plans to cut Medicaid and deal with public employee pension reforms. Asked by reporters about details of cuts to both programs, Quinn said we’ll have to wait and see. Working groups for both programs are expected to present their findings to lawmakers this week in Springfield and Quinn says those lawmakers won’t be leaving until money saving decisions are made.
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“My intention is to restructure Medicaid, whatever time it takes, so members of the legislature should be prepared to cancel their summer vacations in order to get this mission accomplished,” Quinn said. Quinn wants to cut Medicaid by $2.7 billion and he wants pension reforms for future state employees as well as existing employees. The union that represents state employees argues that cutting benefits for current employees is in violation of the state Constitution.