Governor Pat Quinn’s budget plan for next year relies on spending $1.7 billion more than last year, a $1.5 billion deficit, and more borrowing to make up the difference, according to Senator Bill Brady.

Govenor Quinn outlined his Fiscal Year 2012 budget proposal to a joint session of the General Assembly on February 16. Fiscal Year 2012 runs from July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2012.

(Senator Brady is pictured at right listening to the budget address in the House of Representatives).

“What I will say is his speech was short. I am not going to say it was sweet. Unfortunately, I don’t think the Governor gets it,” Senator Brady said. “After extracting one week’s pay on an annual basis from the hardworking people of Illinois in the lame-duck session, he now comes back and asks to borrow.”

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