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|FIRST ON WGIL: Moffitt Wanted to Hear More from Quinn
|FIRST REPORTED 3:00pm 3/10/10 A local lawmaker says he believes Governor Pat Quinn did put the responsibility on lawmakers for passing his proposals for quelling a $13 billion budget deficit.
But State Representaive Don Moffitt says he thought Quinn's budget address was a little shorter than he would have expected, even if he did spend a good about of time urging lawmakers to fix education funding.
The Gilson Republican tells WGIL other details seemed to be lacking.
"I thought that (Quinn) would go into more details in some of those other areas, like transportation, like public safety," Moffitt said. "He emphasized jobs. I agree, we're probably going to need some more detail on attracting, creating, and retaining those jobs. But that's the kind of thing we'll be talking about in the next few weeks."
Moffitt says he appreciates Quinn's assertion that he's an optimist but also a realist.
Moffitt tells WGIL he's concerned about a proposed double-digit percentage drop in funding to the Illinois State Police.
"We do not want to compromise public safety," Moffitt said. "We're just getting these figures and beginning to have a chance to see what it would be in terms of loss of personnel or equipment or training or needed programs. So, now, we'll begin the process of looking at that."
Moffitt says nonetheless, such cuts could have a detrimental impact on the state police.
Moffitt says he initially thought there would have been more across-the-board budget cuts, which he called the fairest cut, even if some things got cut less than others.
Several state departments will see funding increases under Quinn's proposal, while at least one, transportation, will be flat.
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