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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 30, 2011

Governor Quinn Takes Budget Action

CHICAGO – June 30, 2011. In his office, Governor Pat Quinn today signed the fiscal year 2012 state budget and issued the following statement:

“Line by line, I have carefully examined the budget passed by the General Assembly and identified areas for improvement and reduction. I also re-prioritized government spending to protect our state’s core principles.

“The first step in this process was a technical review of the numbers. In assessing each line-item, I discovered and eliminated double-appropriations by more than $336 million. Next, I reduced bureaucracy costs by more than $11 million.

“I then evaluated the proposed spending against last year’s levels. The state will maintain current spending levels for school transportation by reducing the General Assembly’s proposed amount by $89 million, and returning to the amount that was spent in fiscal year 2011.

“Finally, state government must continue to address its Medicaid obligations. Neglecting our bills today only creates bigger problems tomorrow. With this in mind, I implemented a line-item cut to Medicaid in the amount of $276 million.

“From day one, I have stressed the need to invest in education by reducing high administrative costs and reallocating those funds to the classroom, particularly in early childhood education. Implementing a budget is not a one-day event, but rather a year-round process filled with robust debate and difficult decisions. Today, I enacted a fiscal year 2012 budget of $32.987 billion. Overall, I reduced the budget passed by the General Assembly by $376 million. With these reductions, I am implementing smart efficiencies that support Illinois on its continuing path to fiscal and economic recovery.”

Today, Governor Pat Quinn took action on the following bills:

Approved

HB 116 - AN ACT concerning appropriations

HB 124 - AN ACT concerning appropriations

HB 326 - AN ACT concerning appropriations

HB 2107 - AN ACT concerning appropriations

HB 2109 - AN ACT concerning appropriations

HB 2165 - AN ACT concerning appropriations

HB 2167 - AN ACT concerning appropriations

HB 2168 - AN ACT concerning appropriations

HB 3639 - AN ACT concerning appropriations

HB 3697 - AN ACT concerning appropriations

HB 3700 - AN ACT concerning appropriations

SB 2414 - AN ACT concerning appropriations

SB 266 - AN ACT concerning state government

SB 335 - AN ACT concerning finance

SB 401 - AN ACT concerning revenue

HB 2858 - AN ACT concerning finance

SB 1802 - AN ACT concerning state government

SB 2172 - AN ACT concerning finance

Line Item Vetoed

HB 117 - AN ACT concerning appropriations

HB 123 - AN ACT concerning appropriations

HB 132 - AN ACT concerning appropriations

Reduction and Line Item Vetoed

HB 327 - AN ACT concerning appropriations

Reduction Vetoed

HB 3717 - AN ACT concerning appropriations

Reduction Veto Sheet FY2012



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