SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (IRN/KMOX) – Governor Pat Quinn says he has met with legislative leaders to discuss ways to avoid closing seven state facilities and laying off 1,938 state workers.
Quinn says there is some negotiating to be done and he continues to push for reallocating funds. He says he will not raise the state’s spending limit and that lawmakers must work within the budget. He says he has passed that information on to legislative leaders.
Quinn says there is no bluff when it comes to closing state facilities and forcing layoffs. He says the process has already started, but says lawmakers can stop the closures if they uphold his vetoes and reallocate money.
Meanwhile, Quinn is still waiting to see what comes of a gambling expansion bill. In his latest objection to the current bill, he says it would upset a school assistance fund. According to the governor’s office, tax collected from casinos currently goes to the Illinois Education Assistance Fund. From there, it’s appropriated each year by the legislature to the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Board of Higher Education, according to the Illinois Gaming Board. Quinn says the proposed bill would change the tax structure and provide less money to schools. In the past Quinn has called the bill “top heavy.”
The Senate president has been holding onto the bill in hopes of coming up with a compromise that would please the governor and avoid a veto of the legislation.
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