Sen. Brady: Governor is misleading
citizens about reason behind his spending cuts
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[October 30, 2008]
SPRINGFIELD -- State Sen. Bill
Brady, R-44th District, in a prepared statement says that Gov. Rod
Blagojevich is misleading Illinois citizens about his reasons for a
series of bad decisions that are continuing to disrupt the lives of
"The governor is claiming budgetary concerns, but his motives are
purely political in his efforts to close Pontiac Correctional Center
by the end of this year, cut funding for state parks and historic
sites in downstate communities, and move the Illinois Department of
Transportation's Division of Traffic Safety from Springfield to
Harrisburg," Brady said.
"Interestingly enough, these actions affect areas represented by
lawmakers -- Republican and Democrat -- who have not supported the
governor's tax-and-spend budgets and who have questioned his ‘reward
and retribution' style of governing.
"I am not questioning the
need for funding cuts -- they were necessary because Democrat
lawmakers passed a budget May 31 that is nearly $2 billion out of
balance. However, it was clearly the governor's intention to make
cuts that would cause the most public pain."
Brady cited as examples a $25 million cut by the governor from
the Department of Natural Resources and Historic Preservation
Agency, but Blagojevich left $25.4 million in lump-sum funding, to
be spent at his discretion. Included in that $25.4 million is a $9.7
million line item for after-school programs, most of them in Chicago
and some of which have been exposed by the Chicago Tribune as frauds
and political rewards.
Brady pulled no punches when he stated, "This governor clearly
cares more about pork than people!"
Brady backed up his comment by citing recent studies that do not
support the governor's decisions on closing the Pontiac prison and
the proposed transfer of IDOT jobs.
A study by Western Illinois University's Institute for Rural
Affairs found that the Pontiac area would lose $54 million in
economic activity if the prison is closed. An administration study
shows that moving the IDOT jobs to Harrisburg would boost that local
economy by $15 million while at the same time represent a loss of $9
million to the Springfield economy.
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The General Assembly voted in September to restore funding cut by
the governor; however, he still has the final say in the matter, and
at this time has not acted on the funding approval.
"Blagojevich claims he is reluctant to restore the funding
because of a faltering economy, but again he is misleading citizens.
That funding is in no way affected by a fluctuating economy. At this
moment, there is more than $100 million in a special fund, the FY09
Budget Relief Fund, waiting to be spent to keep the parks and
historic sites open and to fund human service providers," Brady
The governor has until Dec. 5 to sign, veto or change the
legislation that will allow the funding to be spent. The current
closing date for state parks and historic sites is Nov. 30.
Brady finished his comments by saying, "It is time to tell this
governor, ‘Enough already!' He must quit playing politics and start
acting in the best interest of Illinois citizens."
[Text from file from
Bill Brady; LDN staff]