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Quinn Says the Budget “Didn’t Get the Job Done”

Quinn Says the Budget “Didn’t Get the Job Done”

Photo: Associated Press/Seth Perlman

Gov. Pat Quinn says the budget that lawmakers approved “didn’t get the job done.”

The Chicago Democrat wanted to extend the state’s income tax increase to avoid budget cuts, including layoffs. However, lawmakers sent him a spending plan on Friday that Democrats acknowledge puts off tough decisions about whether to slash spending or find new sources of revenue.

That includes possibly making Illinois’ temporary tax increase permanent.

The vote on the $35.7 billion budget comes as the Legislature faces a Saturday deadline to adjourn.

In a Friday statement, Quinn says his plan would have helped secure Illinois’ long-term financial future. He says the budget before him postpones tough decisions and doesn’t pay down bills.

Quinn says he’ll try to minimize the impact of cuts to services.

 

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