* Not unexpected…
Proposing a budget that lays out major cuts is something nobody wants to do before a primary, even when one’s primary opponent has no money.
But this is kinda wimpy, if you ask me. Let’s get it out there.
…Adding… Quinn’s office says the governor is also expected to outline a five-year spending blueprint. Says budget address has been postponed 13 of past 20 years.
*** UPDATE *** Hmmm…
Chicago Teachers Union spokeswoman Stephanie Gadlin said it was no secret the CTU was planning a “mass rally around pensions” on the day of the budget address.
“The governor and the legislators can run but they cannot hide from their constituents who are trying to fend off a municipal pension heist by Rahm Emanuel,” Gadlin said. “Be it Feb. 19 or sometime in March—the CTU will be there.”
*** UPDATE 2 *** SGOPs…
Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno on Governor Quinn’s requested delay in budget presentation:
“We have been accommodating when it made sense. For example, Governor Quinn’s first year in office. But to push back the presentation of the state’s budget by five weeks for purely political purposes is a disservice to the taxpayers. It’s an abuse of the legislative process and I resent it.”