Some Skeptical of Quinn Tax Relief Programs

By WEEK Producer

January 31, 2012 Updated Jan 31, 2012 at 11:24 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, ILL -- Governor Pat Quinn delivers his State of the State message to the Illinois General Assembly tomorrow, and he's expected to touch on job creation and tax relief for working families and veterans.

But State Senate President John Cullerton, like Quinn a Democrat, is expressing some skepticism about any new tax relief programs when Illinois still faces a massive budget problem.

Cullerton wants to see the General Assembly agree on a method to pay off back bills owed to schools, medical providers and municipalities.

The General Assembly rejected a Quinn proposal to issue bonds to pay off back debt.

Cullerton says the state should take out loans to pay off some of the $9.2 billion the state owes, "It's been proposed, and we would propose this only as a bi-partisian way, get Republicans and Democrats to agree that we should finance those payments over time. pay those people off. Not borrow from our vendors but from our lenders and simply pay that obligation off over time."

Governor Quinn is not expected to talk tomorrow about reducing the state's debt, per se, but rather Quinn will wait to talk of spending cuts at his budget message in late February.

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