A week after Governor Pat Quinn unveiled his budget plan for the coming fiscal year, more questions than answers surfaced as lawmakers, editorial writers and the public tried to sort through the numbers.

Early reviews were generally unimpressive as many questioned why the Governor had included revenues that have not been approved by the General Assembly, in apparent violation of a law he signed just hours after delivering his budget message. New information also surfaced that the budget added nearly 1,000 new employees to state government.

Meanwhile, the Governor’s office announced spending cuts for the current fiscal year that were made more severe because the Administration waited until more than half the year was over before announcing the cuts. However, as has become common in recent years, by week’s end the Quinn Administration appeared to be backpedaling on some proposed cuts.

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