* 8:00 pm - I’ll post the files in a minute. This is from a Gov. Pat Quinn press release…
“Line by line, I have carefully examined the budget passed by the General Assembly and identified areas for improvement and reduction. I also re-prioritized government spending to protect our state’s core principles.
“The first step in this process was a technical review of the numbers. In assessing each line-item, I discovered and eliminated double-appropriations by more than $336 million. Next, I reduced bureaucracy costs by more than $11 million.
“I then evaluated the proposed spending against last year’s levels. The state will maintain current spending levels for school transportation by reducing the General Assembly’s proposed amount by $89 million, and returning to the amount that was spent in fiscal year 2011.
“Finally, state government must continue to address its Medicaid obligations. Neglecting our bills today only creates bigger problems tomorrow. With this in mind, I implemented a line-item cut to Medicaid in the amount of $276 million.
“From day one, I have stressed the need to invest in education by reducing high administrative costs and reallocating those funds to the classroom, particularly in early childhood education. Implementing a budget is not a one-day event, but rather a year-round process filled with robust debate and difficult decisions. Today, I enacted a fiscal year 2012 budget of $32.987 billion. Overall, I reduced the budget passed by the General Assembly by $376 million. With these reductions, I am implementing smart efficiencies that support Illinois on its continuing path to fiscal and economic recovery.”
* These are the bills he altered…
Line Item Vetoed
HB 117 AN ACT concerning appropriations
HB 123 AN ACT concerning appropriations
HB 132 AN ACT concerning appropriations
Reduction and Line Item Vetoed
HB 327 AN ACT concerning appropriations
HB 3717 AN ACT concerning appropriations
* 8:06 pm - Of those $376 million in vetoes Quin touted, $276 million comes from Medicaid via “cost savings through a rate cut for hospitals to reduce Medicaid liability.” The General Assembly had put off over a billion dollars in Medicaid payments without reducing rates for hospitals. Gov. Quinn added that “Expedited hospitals, which include ’safety net’ hospitals, would not be affected by any payment cycle increases resulting from this reduction.”
* Another $89 million is from school transportation, to make it level with the current fiscal year. Quinn cut transportation funding last year. Legislators tried to restore it.
* And over $11 million was cut from the regional schools superintendents, zeroing them out. The governor claimed these lines “can be funded from other state funds.” Quinn has been trying to get rid of the regional school superintendents all year.
* The rest of the vetoes, totaling more than $336 million, were for double-appropriated items contained in two separate bills. Click here to see the complete list.