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Gov signs tough budget

Posted by wlpo on July 1, 2012

Governor Pat Quinn has signed a state budget that cuts millions of dollars in school funding and public safety spending. In one key change to the spending blueprint adopted by the General Assembly in May, Quinn vetoed financing for prisons he wants to close. He announced plans Saturday to try to redirect those funds to the state agency charged with caring for neglected and abused children. The Democratic governor kept the rest of the $33.7 billion spending plan for the 2013 fiscal year largely intact. It cuts education funding by $200 million and child-welfare spending by $85 million. Blocking the prison funds would leave about $57 million unspent. But shifting most of that money elsewhere requires lawmakers’ approval.

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