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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Illinois Budget Cuts—Another Scam

Mar 7, 2011

Illinois’ governor, Democrat Pat Quinn unveiled his budget for this year. It’s chock full of cuts that will impact poor and working people in Illinois.

Quinn’s budget calls for state workers to take 24 unpaid furlough days, a 9% pay cut, and to increase the amount they pay for healthcare. And state worker retirees will also see cuts in healthcare and prescription coverage.

The budget has massive attacks on social services. As Don Moss of the Illinois Human Services Coalition said, “There is no segment of human service needs that is left unscathed by the draconian cuts put forth by the governor.”

The budget includes a cut of 95 million dollars in support for school buses, hitting smaller towns throughout the state.

Quinn pretends it’s necessary to deal with the budget deficit. But there would be no deficit if Quinn weren’t giving gifts to the corporations–like the tax cut he gave last year to Ford for its Torrence Avenue plant.