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Quinn Budget Address: No Plans, Little Leadership

February 22, 2012 J

Reacting to Governor Pat Quinn’s Budget Address, Americans for Prosperity Illinois State Director David From put out the following statement:

“Today, Governor Pat Quinn passed on an opportunity to provide real leadership to a state badly in need of it. While the Governor’s cuts are a move in the right direction, the three biggest issues facing the state budget are unfunded pension obligations, soaring Medicaid costs, and $8 billion in overdue bills. He failed to provide any plan to address the main challenges threatening the fiscal health of our state. We did not need a description of the huge problems facing Illinois; we needed leadership from our state’s elected leader.”

“It is unbelievable that Governor Quinn has still not put forth a real plan to address the largest challenges facing Illinois. In 2009, the Pension Modernization Task Force heard testimony describing the scope of the pension problems and the Civic Committee accurately predicted, ‘the longer we wait to fix our pension problems, the more we jeopardize our future.’ But incredibly, Governor Quinn has still not put forth a proposal to rescue our state from fiscal disaster.”

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