Quinn's budget speech appears to skip budget

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( Michael Tercha, Chicago Tribune / February 16, 2011 )

That's a great headline posted by the Illinois Statehouse News, one of the better on-line resources for the goofy doings in Springfield. Said the story:

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget speech on Wednesday offered an austerity of details unmatched by even the spartan spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year.

When it comes down to it, this "austerity" means, according to Republicans, spending $1.7 billion more than the current budget. It also means hiring more than 550 new state workers, but the budget doesn't say for how much. It also calls for borrowing $8.75 billion, although we;re to believe that it's not really new borrowing. While lenders regard the borrowing with some suspicion.

Must reading for anyone trying to fumble his way through this fog.

 

Filed under: Illinois politics

Tags: buget, Illinois, state

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