State lawmakers to try to tackle budget

June 21, 2009 9:20:52 PM PDT
State lawmakers go back to Springfield this week for a special session to try and deal with the budget impasse.Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says, without the income tax increase he wants, there'll be massive cuts to state services.

This week, there was a big demonstration in favor of the tax increase. Social service providers both in and out of government are saying they're already being forced to trim services.

"I don't think the budget the legislature is proposing with massive cuts in human services, including helping families, I don't think that's right, and I'm not going to support that. That's why we need more revenue," said DCFS Director Erwin McEwen.

The governor says he's hoping for a vote this week on the tax increase.

"It's starting now. The impact is being felt all across the state with human service providers, and it's a real critical situation today, not tomorrow," Quinn said Sunday in Chicago.

The governor is predicting he'll have bipartisan support to pass his tax increase.


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