Turner said the governor would not take questions but his comments would affect the House’s business after that.
“It may have some impact on some of the legislation that we’re dealing with,” Turner said.
Turner said he couldn’t answer whether lawmakers would have to stay in town beyond today yet.
* 2:35 pm - Leader Radogno: “There’s just not a lot of functional discussion going on … at all.” Watch it…
* 3:30 pm- WUIS.org will have live coverage of Quinn’s address…
* 3:42 pm Governor Quinn has entered the House Chamber and is currently addressing the joint session.
3:47 - Quinn offered to make an additional billion in cuts.
Quinn said he would veto a partial budget and laid out his conditions.
Quinn said he was prepared to stay all summer.
* 4:04 pm - The governor is having a press availability at 4:30 pm. We’ll have video.
Also, Gov. Quinn did a very curious thing today. He walked into the joint session, walked to the podium and didn’t shake the hands of the two Democratic legislative leaders at the podium with him. He then left without even acknowledging them. Here’s the video of his walk to the podium…
Highly irregular. A sign? Maybe. But maybe also a sign that he’s a rookie and this was a spontaneous appearance.
Prior to Quinn’s address, Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) said he and the three other legislative leaders agree that they should send the governor the budget they passed at the end of May, with an additional $2.2 billion in spending authority from a pending pension-borrowing plan. That budget, Cullerton said, gives Quinn the flexibility to keep social service spending at current levels and buys more time to try to get Republicans to back a tax increase.
“We want the governor to have authority to spend money for the next month without imposing any draconian cuts. And when we will have passed all of the (budget bills), we will have done that. And he then has the ability to spend at whatever rate he wants. We’ve given him that flexibility,” Cullerton said “And then at the end of the month, if there wasn’t any resolution to the budget deficit, then he can reduce the spending and spend at the draconian levels and then we’d be back here in a special session to vote on an income tax.”
Cullerton said that idea was suggested to Quinn during a two-hour meeting this morning. “That’s what we’ve suggested that he do, and I don’t think at this point in time he’s agreeing with that tactic,” Cullerton said.
“He’s somehow is saying that because we’ve appropriated all of the money we’ve had and it doesn’t include a tax increase, so that’s somehow a false budget. And that’s not true. It’s a balanced budget. It just doesn’t have enough money to spend at the level that he wants to spend,” Cullerton said.
- Posted by Rich Miller
- I'm Just Saying - Tuesday, Jun 30, 09 @ 2:25 pm:
Radogno says no temporary budget. If you read her expression its clear they can’t agree on anything and are getting no closer to a resolution. The governor will call them in and lecture them, and maybe keep them in town, but he will not change any minds. Madigan is intent on out maneuvering the Repubs, and until that’s accomplished we will have nothing.
I hope Quinn doesn’t get all preachy and tell them that it’s the “moral” and “courageous” thing to raise our taxes - it is neither. And if he vetoes everything and tries to call them back repeatedly to coerce a tax increase, I hope they ignore him and let him irresponsibly shut the whole state down because he gets 70% of what he wants! Can we bring back Blago?
More classic Quinn. Rich, just like in this morning’s fax on the whimsical leadership style he possesses, did he wake up this morning and come up with this idea? Or was it after lunch? Will he have prepared remarks or wing it like he normally does? This is a critical speech for Quinn. His advisors should be very very nervous.
Shut down government, hold the General Assembly hostage, unless YOUR Taxes are raised? Brilliant Political Strategy. It was not an accident Blago and Quinn twice shared a ticket.
- Lakefront Liberal - Tuesday, Jun 30, 09 @ 3:23 pm:
Are you people nuts? Or is it one Madigan sock puppet writing every comment?
Quinn is not the problem here. The Senate already passed a budget, one that covers costs and makes needed structural changes in the way the state takes in money that actually deals with the years of “creative accounting”. Quinn already came out in favor of this budget and said he would support it. This could have been a done deal long ago except for one person standing in the way … Madigan.
And for those who are still complaining about the idea of raising taxes, please show us ONE REALISTIC scenario that does NOT increase taxes.
The government is about to leave society’s most vulnerable people in hell-on-earth. State workers, state-affiliated organizations and disabled people and elderly people who need state help didn’t cause this mess, yet they are about to be sacrificed.
What about the people who have dread diseases like cancer, who need their medication and can’t afford it? What will happen to them when there is no state staff to provide their services?
- Speaking at Will - Tuesday, Jun 30, 09 @ 3:31 pm:
1) Repeal the prevailing wage act, saving approximately $1 billion per year in non-Federal (Davis Bacon protected) projects. Remove prevailing wage mandates from schools, coounmties and municipalities, and reduce state aid by a comparable amount to their savings.
2) Reduce Medicaid eligibility from Blago’s 400% of the poverty level to a sane and sustainable 185% of poverty level. This should reduce the rolls by about 600,000 at $2,600 apiece for a savings of $1.5 billion.
3) Cut the pork from the unnecessary capital bill and use the remainder of fees and gambling for deficit reduction.-$500 million.
4) Cancel all new increased spending over last year’s expenditures-$3 billion. Defer projects that are not for “life safety” until we can afford public construction “wants” instead of “needs”.
5) Out source Medicaid to managed care providers (HMOs)- $1 billion min.
6) End subsidizing early retirement and end of career “sweeteners” - $500 million +/-
7) End state “flat grants” to overfunded K-12 public schools.- $50 million.
8) End state research grants- $50- 100 million (I’ll admit this is a guess)
9) Ending free non-emergency medical care, educational services and welfare to illegal aliens-priceless.
There’s the first $7.5 billion, without eliminating all the duplication and waste amongst the confused 1780 programs adminstered by the state.
Bob, nowhere near 600,000 people signed up for Medicaid/Family Care under the Blago expansion (185 to 400 percent of FPL). Maybe 10,000 or 20,000 max. That cut isn’t going to save nearly as much as you think.
- Larry Mullholland - Tuesday, Jun 30, 09 @ 3:58 pm:
Quinn: GA & Gov need to have political fortitude not political timidity…Need to be an adult
Palos: Saving money by repealing the prevailing wage act is a joke. The only program that generates a higher multiplier per dollar than prevailing wage is food stamps. No upside to repealing the prevailing wage act. Unless you want $10/hr immigrants installing fire alarm systems in your kids’ schools, of course…
The only consistent feature of the perennial dysfunction is the legislative leaders, or more accurate, the imperial legislature. That’s why I wrote HJRCA35 the way I did and its why I’ll be circulating it as a citizen-initiated amendment starting friday.
Why haven’t state workers been cut in on the revenue-raising capital development stuff like video poker? $26 billion in projected revenue, yet none of it will go to preserve state jobs. Why do road/school construction companies seem to prosper in any economy?
Dear politicians who oppose revenue-raising to preserve state jobs and services,
With a severely-reduced staff in state government and nonprofits who rely on state funding, sick people who rely on medication to live will not be able to get their medication in a timely manner and will die. Children who have otherwise no help will suffer and possibly die. Disabled people who are society’s most vulnerable will suffer. How do you feel about that? If you met these vulnerable people, what would you tell them?
Please respond to this blog entry with your answers.
Didn’t Pat Quinn create Mike Madigan’s consolidation of power by ridding the state of three member districts? funny
- CircularFiringSquad - Tuesday, Jun 30, 09 @ 4:53 pm:
Quinn scores zero on speech…..rambled…idle threats move no one.
He forgets these men and women dealt with his running mate for six years.
Since he started and stopped with the speech yesterday this looks like a bad p.r. stunt ala Blagoof.
The budget is balanced, GA gave him over 3.7 billion in additional spending already. Plus the capital will create jobs and taxpayers.
Just as I expected, Quinn, as governor, has to take the first hits. Now that we’ve reached another deadline, it is now time for the rest of the Democratic leadership to start taking hits. They want to hide behind Quinn. They want to hide behind the few Republicans left in the GA. They want to postpone D-Day. They want to find magical money somewhere. They want to do anything, except take responsibility for their dereliction of fiscal duties over the past eight years.
Legislators, you have had years to watch this disaster unfurl under your direction, (or lack of). You have had six months to show Illinoisans that this state can pass reforms that demonstrate a change in the corrupted culture in this state. You have had more than enough time to sort out who will vote for your re-election if you support a tax increase. You have had months to organize palatable excuses for jacking everyone’s taxes up when families are struggling everywhere.
Time is up!
- So Blue Democrat - Tuesday, Jun 30, 09 @ 4:55 pm:
It appears Bill is working on his next job. I seem to recall that he had very negative things to state about Lisa during the last election for Governor.
- Ms Port Belly Mushroom - Tuesday, Jun 30, 09 @ 5:04 pm:
–So Blue Democrat–
That was my recollection as well. Maybe he thinks Lisa would make bond bills and the commissions they provide lucrative once again. I was wondering how he was going to transition to Lisa or Alexi or Hynes–Dem Governor flavor of the month. He’s doing a pretty good job.
What Cullerton is saying is that he wants legislators to postpone tomorrow by one month, and that magically Republicans will come on board then to support a tax increase.
In the meantime, he wants Quinn to wear the jacket for all the cuts by completely avoiding all responsibility for what they passed (see: “And he then has the ability to spend at whatever rate he wants. We’ve given him that flexibility”).
Why on earth would the Governor agree to that?
Why postpone a month for something that won’t change? And STILL have to make cuts for the month of July.
All the providers will be at his door all month trying to save themselves from his cuts, when they should be seeing legislators.
Its a stupid budget. Just veto it - it will accomplish the same thing, but it will force their hand NOW, not later. And if they don’t do anything, then its their fault, not yours.
I agree that the speech was a month or longer late in coming, but it was the right message. Be responsible state officials and do what you know needs to be done. You were elected to make the tough choices, so stop looking over your shoulders at the next candidate filing dates and do what has to be done.
The human services sector was collapsing at the current insufficient reimbursement rates. Knock it down another 30% and few if any groups could afford to continue subsidizing state government services for state agency clients.
But hey, placing everyone on waiting lists saves the state money. The fact that many clients will be homeless, knocked around by their unemployed breadwinner, unable to receive alcohol or drug treatment, or veteran’s services is not equal in importance to political power games.
Anon 4:48 Please, don’t let’s bring up the cutback amendment after all this time. Things were not so rosy then, and we’ve saved money paying 1/3 fewer legislators to sit around waiting to be told how to vote. Speakers were plenty powerful before the amendment.
“But hey, placing everyone on waiting lists saves the state money. The fact that many clients will be homeless, knocked around by their unemployed breadwinner, unable to receive alcohol or drug treatment, or veteran’s services is not equal in importance to political power games. ”
You forgot “hasn’t seen his/her caseworker in months because said caseworker is left with an unworkable caseload.”
Secret: Medicaid enrollment went up from about 1.7 million to 2.4 million after Blago unilaterally increased the eligibility ceiling, while population has decreased a net of about 800,000 over the last decade. We can arguee about the exact number due to the level hike, but there’s little doubt that 500-600,000 is in the ball park.
Ed: Right now we DO have $10/hour laboror’s doing public works. The problem is that under the existing prevailing wage act , we need to pay those same workers $30+ per hour for public works.
I couldn’t believe it either until my local schools were forced to pay workers far more than their usual wages when they worked on the schools.
Same workers. Same companies. Just far more expensive labor costs.