The “bridge” budget proposal would still require sacrifice, but it is shared and manageable sacrifice that will give the Governor and legislative leaders an opportunity to identify areas of state government that could be reasonably cut or reduced.
REFORMS ARE NEEDED
For years, Senate Republicans have fought for reforms to the state’s Medicaid and pension systems as a way to save state dollars, while also improving the quality of care and the viability of retirement systems. We also believe that structural, ethical and campaign-related reforms are essential to resolving the underlying problems facing Illinois – including ending the political gerrymandering of the state for partisan political purposes.
As budget negotiations continue, we have been frustrated because Gov. Pat Quinn and his Democrat colleagues have sought to increase taxes without any discussion of cost-savings and government reforms.
DEMOCRAT-APPROVED BUDGET TARGETS HUMAN SERVICES
The severe cuts contained in the partisan budget measure adopted in May were designed to create a backlash, which they did.
More than 5,000 state service providers and their beneficiaries rallied in the Capitol June 23, demanding a resolution. But while it prompted fear and anger among social service providers and their clients, the budget did nothing to advance a responsible solution or address the underlying problems facing Illinois government.
GOVERNOR QUINN CHANGING HIS TUNE?
As the start of the new fiscal year approaches, Governor Quinn appeared to be revising his position on budget cuts. He had been traveling throughout the state warning of how these cuts would impact service providers, but on June 24 he announced that he was not going to make those drastic cuts to social service spending.
Governor Quinn did not offer any explanation about how he and majority Democrats plan to address the budget problems when lawmakers return to Springfield.