Chicago-based Heartland Institute Reacts to Gov. Quinn’s State of the State Address

Published February 1, 2012

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn today proposed in his annual State of the State address today several new spending programs – including more spending on childhood education, technology in the classroom, MAP grants for college students, and a state foreclosure prevention program.

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“All my life I’ve thought I’ve lived in the Land of Lincoln. In today’s State of the State address, Gov. Quinn convinced me I live in the Land of Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows.

“He saw no need to say anything of substance about the state’s pension and Medicaid systems, which his own budget director just a few days ago told the Associated Press are growing faster than state revenues. He proposed a child tax credit that would save a family of four $100 a year, ignoring the income tax increase he signed last year costs the typical Illinois family of four $1,500 a year.

“He spoke of more spending when the state will end this fiscal year with more than $9 billion of unpaid bills. He ignored a report issued this week by the Civic Federation predicting nearly $35 billion of unpaid bills in five years if things continue as they are. He spoke of targeted tax credits, ignoring they would not be needed if the state were more fiscally responsible.

“All is sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows in Quinn’s State of Illinois.”

Steve Stanek
Research Fellow, Budget and Tax Policy
The Heartland Institute
Managing Editor, Budget & Tax News
[email protected]

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