Though Governor Pat Quinn insists that he’s cut state spending, Senator Tim Bivins says even official state documents from the Quinn Administration dispute that assertion and explains that the Governor is using deceptive numbers to claim $3 billion in spending cuts.
Governor Quinn’s “fuzzy math” relies on subtracting from 2010 expenditures the $3.4 billion in pension funds that Illinois borrowed. Senator Bivins explained that even if money was borrowed in any given year, that is still considered money that is being spent that year.
In fact, a state budget document shows that deficit spending actually increased in Fiscal Year 2010, and is expected to grow even more in Fiscal Year 2011. The document indicates that although Fiscal Year 2010 operating revenues were $27.090 billion, the state actually spent $28.865 billion—far exceeding available funds.
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