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Lawmakers react to State of the State address

Posted by wlpo on January 29, 2014

The annual State of the State address was packed with Governor Pat Quinn’s goals for the next year, including an expansion of early childhood services and a minimum wage increase.  The Democrat also during his speech Wednesday emphasized what new jobs have been created.

State Representative Frank Mautino, a Democrat, says Quinn has some very lofty goals and he’s not sure if they’ll be met and thinks Quinn will need to explain that in his budget speech.  As for increasing the minimum wage, Mauntino wants to see how the state’s profitability and gross domestic profit is going, if they have a growing economy that can support it.

Republican Representative Tom Cross, a candidate for State Treasurer, says Quinn didn’t explain how he will lower unemployment and pay unpaid bills and that he felt like he was listening to a political speech.

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