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|Madigan Accuses Quinn of Flip-Flopping
|The Speaker of the Illinois House says he hopes to override Gov. Pat Quinn's budget veto, he still would like to see an income tax increase -- and adds the state is ill-served by the governor's "flip-flops."
Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) told reporters Wednesday afternoon, shortly after Quinn vetoed a social services budget that had less money in it than he wanted, that the legislature simply passed a budget based on the money that would be available, and Quinn wants there to be more money.
While he would not commit to making another push for an income tax hike, Madigan says the effects of the budget situation should be hitting home between now and then: "Those events will come together, and either they will persuade (a 3/5 supermajority of) 71 in the House and 36 in the Senate to support an income tax increase, or they won't."
Madigan says Quinn called Senators to persuade them not to vote for a pension finance plan that would have raised $2.2 billion the last day of the fiscal year -- which is one of the changes in direction Madigan cites as a flip-flop. Another: Quinn reneging on a promise not to tie a public works bill to passage of an operating budget. Another: Quinn giving John Filan a contract after promising Madigan the longtime ally of former governor Rod Blagojevich would resign.
Madigan said good management would see Illinois through, but he would not answer a reporter's question about whether Quinn is someone who practices good management.
Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) called the General Assembly into special session July 14. They made the announcement about an hour before Quinn's budget veto Wednesday.
(Illinois Radio Network)
|07 01 09 by Newsroom
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