There are some parts of state government that avoid the scalpel in the governor’s budget proposal. Education is not subject to the same cuts as other offices and agencies of state government are. Gov. Pat Quinn says this applies at all levels, from early childhood to university. Education spending in the governor’s proposal totals $9 billion, which is around the same as the current year’s budget.
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The governor proposes adding $50 million to the Monetary Assistance Program for college students. Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) says increasing spending on anything is out of the question. The governor is also promising not to cut funding for veterans’ programs. He says the state’s four veterans’ homes – Anna, LaSalle, Manteno and Quincy – will get more direct care staff.