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Local Republican Leaders Decry Quinn Budget Address

By Rob Sussman, WJBD News

South Central Illinois Republican Lawmakers were quick to criticize Governor Pat Quinn's budget address on Wednesday, saying it was full of "half truths" and showed fiscal irresponsibility and a lack of concern about the developmentally disabled.

Salem State Representative John Cavaletto says that the tax increase has failed to do what Democrats said it would do, and it's time to give taxpayers a break.

"He's trying to balance the budget by swapping money. It's robbing Peter to pay Paul. No new money is coming in to Illinois. These tax increases were meant to pay the debt down, and we have not done that" Cavaletto said.

Okawville State Represenative Charlie Meier criticized the Governor's choice to leave money for the operation of the Murray Developmental Center out of next year's budget, saying Quinn is running on the assumption that the Murray Center Closure will continue. Meier added that he felt taxpayers were being "taken hostage" and that Quinn cannot be trusted with money. Meier says the more money Quinn gets, the more money he spends.

Other house and senate Republicans echoed the concerns of Cavaletto and Meier. Even some democrats, such as Senate President John Cullerton, criticized Quinn's budget plan. 

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