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|More Reaction To Governor's Budget Address
|Governor Quinn laid out his plans for the State's budget Wednesday afternoon and got mixed reactions from both sides of the aisles.
The Governor talked veterans affairs, education cuts, and of course pension reform.
74-District Representative Don Moffitt tells WGIL when it comes to getting pension reform passed there is more involved than just a simple vote.
"The Governor made it a centerpiece of his proposals that of pension reform," says Moffitt. "We want to keep two things in mind, first: anything that we do will be challenged in court, it must pass a constitutional test so it's not just a case of passing reform, so that's why we need to work with the stakeholders, there will be a constitutional challenge to it."
Moffitt said he wasn't too surprised with the Governor's speech.
He also said we cannot blame the teachers for the pension problem. Moffitt says it was the state that didn't hold up their end of the barging.
37-District Senator Darin Lahood tells WGIL the state is craving leadership on the pension reform issue and their just not getting it.
"A year ago in the Governors last State of the Budget, he said at that time that we had a rendezvous with reality in terms of pensions and that we weren't going to leave Springfield in the spring session of 2012 until we addressed the pension problem," says Lahood. "Of course that didn't happen. Then he said we were going to address it in the fall during the veto session, then during lame duck, and now here we are one year later and nothing has been done."
Lahood says part of the problem is the Governor is not communicating to the members of the General Assembly what he wants to see done about pension reform.
|03 09 13 by Newsroom
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