Illinois Republican Chairman says Quinn’s â€œmatinee performanceâ€ is like re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titantic
Illinois Comptroller Judy Barr Topinka says â€œBudget numbers donâ€™t add up; address lacks roadmap for Medicaid, pension reformsÂ
CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady said that Governor Pat Quinn’s proposed budget that he just presented to the General Assembly does not contain the financial reforms needed to turn the state’s economy around.Â
“Governor Quinn’s matinee performance today was just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic,” said Brady. “Instead of reforming state spending and lowering taxes to gain more jobs, Governor Quinn’s budget continues to increase spending and has no strategic plan for bringing businesses and jobs back to Illinois that have been lost since he and his Democratic friends raised taxes 67%.”
Topinka: Budget numbers donâ€™t add up; Address lacks roadmap for Medicaid, pension reforms
Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka on Wednesday released the following statement in response to Gov. Pat Quinnâ€™s Budget address:
â€œI applaud Governor Quinn for offering specific cuts to the state budget. We all know there are no easy answers, and I appreciate him detailing some of the options for digging our state out of this mess.
â€œBut taken in totality, todayâ€™s budget proposal amounts to a hodgepodge of ideas that are not thought through, and that will do little to address the stateâ€™s mountain of unpaid bills. In fact, while the Governor proposes saving money by closing prisons and other state facilities, he increases spending on existing programs. He calls for closing tax loopholes even as he offers new tax breaks for certain segments of the population. And while he highlights 9 percent cuts for state offices, he simultaneously increases the budgets of other agencies. Sadly, the numbers donâ€™t add up â€“ and in truth, appropriations from the General Funds are up more than $500 million over the current budget.
â€œPerhaps most importantly, the Governor failed to provide any specifics for dealing with the stateâ€™s biggest budget â€˜eatersâ€™: Medicaid and pensions. I appreciate his stated intention of working with the General Assembly to find solutions, but hoped that he would share more of his vision in this budget proposal. At the end of the day, nothing else matters until Illinois deals with those costs.
â€œGovernor Quinn has provided a starting point for discussion. I look forward to working with him and the General Assembly to move us forward, and get Illinois back on track to fiscal stability.â€