Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget plan for 2011 calls for about $2.5 billion in cuts from the 2010 budget.
Quinn’s special Web site, which is linked here, simply expects that additional revenues will make up about $11 billion that is needed to balance the budget — beyond the cuts that are mentioned above.
The Web site is supposed to allow members of the public to give Quinn suggestions on how to balance the budget. He already has said he wants some major tax increases. His fellow Democrats who hold majorities in the House and Senate, say tax increases won’t get the votes needed this year.
Meanwhile, schools and hospitals, state agencies and municipalities all wonder when … or if, the state will ever catch up on its overdue bills.
Other agencies wonder how they’ll survive if a full $13 billion in cuts have to be made to balance the spending plan.
No matter how this budget gets worked out, there will be plenty of pain to go around.