(Springfield, IL) — March 17, 2011. Illinois Senate Republicans are pushing a plan that shaves $5 billion off of Governor Pat Quinn’s introduced budget of $35.4 billion. The cuts are necessary if the state is to finally dig itself out of the budget hole of the past several years, senators said Thursday.
Human services and education make up a majority of the budget any year in Illinois and would see combined reductions of $1.5 billion.
Senate GOP Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) says their plan “avoids borrowing, allows us to pay our bills in cash, and to actually remove all of the taxes back to the original 3 percent.”
Radogno was referring to the 67 percent personal income tax increase passed in January and Quinn’s plan to borrow billions of dollars to pay the state’s monstrous backlog of bills. She went on to say that the GOP in the Senate was willing to put down half the votes needed to make any painful cuts.
Andrew Thomason, Illinois Statehouse News