We Are One Illinois statement on Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget address – Illinois Education Association

6 Mar

The following statement is attributable to the We Are One Illinois coalition in response to Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget address today:

“We appreciate that Governor Quinn has appeared to embrace critical elements of our plan, but we disagree with the false choices framed in the Governor’s proposed budget. The actual cost of today’s pensions is negligible compared to the cost of debt accrued by politicians who failed for decades to pay the state’s share. It is misguided to blame the modest pensions earned by teachers, police, caregivers and other public employees for harmful cuts to education and essential public services.

Governor Quinn and the legislature should cut or close some of the $2 billion in wasteful corporate tax loopholes our coalition has identified. We are encouraged the Governor mentioned some of these today. As the budget process begins, we urge lawmakers to prevent cuts to public services and keep promises to retirees by closing wasteful loopholes instead.”

via We Are One Illinois statement on Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget address – Illinois Education Association.

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