How would you balance the state's $13 billion budget gap, Gov. Quinn wants to know - Metropolitan Planning Council

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How would you balance the state's $13 billion budget gap, Gov. Quinn wants to know

Gov. Quinn wants to know how you would close the state's $13.5 billion fiscal year 2011 budget gap. 

Yesterday, the governor unveiled a new web site asking citizens for ideas on where to make budget cuts to close the deficit. He also outlined $2 billion in proposed fiscal year 2011 cuts, including $922 billion from K-12 education, $400 million from public universities and colleges, $400 million from social services, and $69 million from public safety.  

That still leaves an $11.5 billion general fund budget gap -- about half the total general fund budget.

Now's your chance to weigh in on how lawmakers should fix the budget mess. Post your ideas here.

Before you start, here are a few state fiscal year 2010 spending numbers to consider:

  • K-12 education - $7 billion
  • Health care and human services*- $10 billion
  • Public universities and colleges - $2 billion
  • State police - $290 million
  • General Assembly salaries and support - $80 million

*includes departments of Health Care & Family Services, Aging, Children & Family Services, and Human Services (This includes programs like AllKids, Aid for Women and Children, and nursing home reimbursements for seniors.)

Comments

  1. 1. chemical hoses from http://www.hoseinahurry.com on March 10, 2010

    well he should re consider the stats by the way he is doing a great job by communicating with the people

  2. 2. Ruben on January 13, 2011

    Charge parolees $40 per month for parole; charge inmates for their incarceration; quit giving them the $10 per month. all lay off all non-essential merit comp and management positions. Cancel the program that gives welfare people free phones. Phones are a privilege not a right. Quit all building projects that are not necessary at this time.

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