Quinn Defends Cancelling State Raises

By WEEK Producer

July 5, 2011 Updated Jul 6, 2011 at 1:23 PM CDT

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is defending cutting pay raises to more than 30,000 state employees.

During a news conference Tuesday, Quinn said the reason for the cancellation of raises was because of the General Assembly's actions---not his.

"They - the General Assembly - did not appropriate enough money in the personnel lines of about 14 different agencies. Anyone with a basic knowledge of the budget would know this. And I can't spend money on my own motion," Governor Pat Quinn.

Some have accused Quinn of union busting, but when compared to the governors of Wisconsin, Ohio, and Missouri. Quinn stated that he is only following the state's constitution and that no one is to blame for the raise cancellations.

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