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Recorded: Wed 22 Feb 2012, 19:53 GMT
Released: Wed 22 Feb 2012, 20:03 GMT

Subject(s):
- politics > state budget and tax

Location: Springfield, UNITED STATES (USA)

Springfield, UNITED STATES (USA), Wed 22 Feb 2012, 19:53 GMT

ILLINOIS GOVERNOR PAT QUINN ANNOUNCES HIS PROPOSAL TO CLOSE FOURTEEN STATE FACILITIES WEDNESDAY (2/22).
THE CLOSINGS COME AS STATE SPENDING HAS GROWN OUT OF CONTROL IN RECENT YEARS.
INCLUDED ON THE LIST ARE TWO PRISONS, ONE IN DWIGHT, THE OTHER IN TAMMS.

GOV. PAT QUINN says: "So today our rendezvous with reality has arrived. We must navigate our budget out of the past decades of poor fiscal management of deferring bills to the future and empty promises."

GOV. PAT QUINN says: "But for these reductions to work, we must also strengthen and stabilize our public pension systems once and for all. We must fundamentally restructure our Medicaid program and we must rebalance and move our most vulnerable citizens from institutions to community care. But these cuts and these reforms are not enough. We must also grow and build our economy. And my paramount priority at all times is economic growth and jobs for the people of Illinois."

GOV. PAT QUINN says: "There is no problem that we cannot solve if we put our hearts and minds to it. And since I've been governor, we've already defied the doubters by working together to enact landmark reforms like no- nonsense ethics standards. Like reforming the workers compensation and unemployment insurance systems. Like cutting red tape for employers who need environmental permits. Like, overhauling workplace rules at McCormick Place; and like our new education reform law that is a model for the nation. Each of these historic reforms demonstrated the power of bringing everyone to the table to repair broken systems. Now, we must apply the same collaborative approach to strengthening and stabilizing our public pension systems."

GOV. PAT QUINN says: "Together we must follow our roadmap for Medicaid restructuring to find the right combination of liability reductions, modernized eligibility standards, utilization controls, rate reduction, acceleration of integrated managed care and the coordination of long term programs."

ALSO ON THE LIST ARE FOUR MENTAL INSTITUTIONS AND TWO JUVENILE PRISONS.
GOVERNOR QUINN'S BUDGET ADDRESS HIGHLIGHTED THE DECADES OF ILLINOIS' POOR FISCAL MANAGEMENT AND EMPTY PROMISES...
CALLING IT A 'RENDEZVOUS WITH REALITY.'







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