Governor Pat Quinn has vetoed $3.85 billion in general revenue funding that was sent to him by lawmakers in late May.

The Governor had spoken out publicly against the legislation, so the veto was expected; however, the state is now operating without a budget in place for Fiscal Year 2010, according to Senator Tim Bivins.

In his July 7 veto message, Governor Quinn criticized House Bill 2145, which contained billions of dollars in revenue to finance state operations and employee salaries. He said the legislation did not make significant cuts in spending. However, rather than use his reduction and line-item veto powers to make those cuts, the Governor simply outlined $1 billion in cuts through press statements and then vetoed the entire budget measure.

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