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|Gov. Edgar Says Budget Problems May be Partly his Fault
|(IRN)-Former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar says Republicans should lower their expectations when it comes to facing the state's burgeoning budget problems.
Edgar, now a University of Illinois political science professor, says the largest deficit he ever faced was $2 billion, which he says is "child's play" compared to today's problems. He says suggesting far more conservative spending caps and revenue projections than the governor's is a good start toward outlining what lawmakers want, but it's just a start.
"I don't think there's anything wrong with people saying this is what I want. But they've got to understand they're not going to get everything they want," says Edgar. "And if they hold out for everything they want, I think they'll fail."
Edgar says he may even be partially to blame for the current situation. He left office with a surplus of roughly $1.5 billion. He says legislators like to spend money, so that's what they did.
"We left things in too good a shape. When we left office, we had a billion and a half dollar surplus, state government was working pretty well, people kind of forgot what had happened in the late 80s, that we spent more than we took in," he said.
Edgar says the culture of spending continued until earlier this year, which is when he says major steps were taken to cut the budget and rein in spending. But he says more cutting must be done, which will now be a lot harder because constituents won't understand why budget cuts are needed after a tax increase.
(Source: Illinois Radio Network)
|04 08 11 by Newsroom
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