(Chicago, IL) — July 1, 2010. At the start of the new Illinois budget, Bill Brady and Pat Quinn yesterday were hurling some version of “fail” at each other in dueling statements.
Welcome to the Illinois budget debate.
Senator Brady was first out of the grate, criticizing Quinn on the new Fiscal Year 2011 budget that the Chicago Democrat had just signed, slicing $1.4 billion from state programs:
Governor Quinn has apparently cranked up the old Rod Blagojevich razzle dazzle machine.
It’s too little too late. Despite the $13 billion deficit and increased government spending – Governor Quinn has done nothing to address the structural problems in state government. Instead he continues to propose his 33 percent income tax increase that takes more money out of the pockets of Illinois residents.
The taxpayers have had enough.
Governor Quinn today cut less than one-half percent from the state budget with a supposed promise to cut more. The people of Illinois know that those cuts won’t happen. Last year, Governor Quinn promised to cut spending by $1 billion – and instead state spending increased.
Illinois has lost a record number of jobs. Unemployment is at a 26-year high. More than 200,000 jobs have been lost under Governor Quinn’s failed leadership.
Not to be out-outraged, Quinn spokesman Mica Matsoff returned Brady’s fire:
Governor Quinn’s strong action today makes the contrast between the two candidates even sharper.
After a thorough review of the state budget, Governor Quinn struck a balance – cutting $1.4 billion in state spending, while protecting healthcare, education, and public safety programs to nurture Illinois’ economic recovery.
As a member of the Illinois General Assembly, Senator Brady had the chance to lead this session. Instead, he stood in the way of every constructive plan that was put forward and has routinely placed politics ahead of Illinois residents.
He’s proposed a billion-dollar tax cut for big businesses without specifying how he’d pay for it. He has called for a 10 percent across-the-board cut for state departments, which would drastically reduce vital services such as education, health care, and public safety while making the state ineligible for federal matching funds. And he’d lower the minimum wage for hard-working families.
Bill Brady‘s every economic proposal has been derided by experts. It’s apparent that Senator Brady fails to understand the complexities of our budget.
Now do you feel you have a better grip on the Illinois budget’s problems and solutions?
If you say yes, I say–“Liar, liar, pants on fire.”
These rhetorical cannon balls put the “dog” in the “dog days of summer”. Argh.