Quinn's Big Cuts Amount to a Mere $8 Per Citizen

From the Illinois Policy Institute…

Over the past week, there has been a lot of news coverage of the line item vetos Gov. Quinn made before signing the budget. Many have mischaracterized this budget as one that is austere.

As we’ve said before that is not the case and these additional “cuts” the governor made don’t change that assessment.

The cuts are minimal at best. The actual cuts equate to only $8 per person and still are not enough to allow for the scheduled sunset of the tax hikes.

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Amanda Griffin-Johnson
Senior Tax and Budget Policy Analyst
Illinois Policy Institute

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  • I agree that Quinn only made a slight trim.

    What is also missed (and I commented on such in Chicago Political Commentary) the House Republicans, whose budget apparently was passed, only claimed that the budget was limited to revenue expected for FY 2011--not mentioning that that revenue included the income tax hike--and if revenues exceeded that, those revenues would be applied to the backlog. In short, despite the tax increase, nothing was done to the backlog. The supposed $8 billion backlog has to be compared to a $31 billion budget for the year.

    So, unless someone has given us a way to increase productive economic activity in Illinois, and no one has, not even the House Republican plan will allow the proposed sunset of the tax hikes.

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