The Governor’s sole cut in the budget was the elimination of a $250 million re-appropriation for Capitol building renovation and restoration. Critics pointed out that the cut was not real, as the money was not going to be spent in the coming year anyway.
Governor Quinn left untouched all other earmarks, shell games and fund diversions.
The Governor left intact his failed, but now re-branded and reshuffled, Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, which has been shipped over to the Department of Labor and given a new, yet to be determined, title.
He didn’t touch several undefined earmarks that were put into the State Board of Education budget. And he continued to approve taxpayer dollars for a teacher education initiative that has produced only a handful of teachers at a per-teacher cost that exceeds the tuition costs at Ivy League schools.
The budget is comprised of eight different appropriation bills and two Budget Implementation Acts:
• HB 6060/PA 98-0642 (FY14 Supplemental / FY15 Medicaid Expansion);
• HB 6093/PA 98-0677 (State Board of Ed / Educational Labor Relations Board);
• HB 6094/PA 98-0678 (Higher Education);
• HB 6095/PA 98-0679 (General Services);
• HB 6096/PA 98-0680 (Human Services Agencies, state pension and health insurance payments);
• HB 6097/PA 98-0681 (Public Safety);
• HB 3793/PA 98-0675 (Capital Construction – includes one Item Veto);
• HB 3794 (Road Capital Construction);
• SB 220/PA 98-0674 (Budget Implementation Act – BIMP);
• SB 274/PA 98-0682 (Budget Implementation Act – BIMP).