(Springfield, IL) – Gov. Pat Quinn may sign the 2012 state budget Thursday, but the spending plan is not a one-and-done deal.
“The budget is an on-going process,” said Quinn. “We have to work on it 365 days of the fiscal year.”
Quinn, who introduced a nearly $36 billion budget, said he is not happy with the $33.4 billion spending plan that Illinois lawmakers sent him, and he wants more spending in education and human services.
But while Quinn can shift around money in the budget, he cannot order more spending, said state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, D-Chicago.
“The governor has some limitations when he is acting on the budget,” said Feigenholtz. ”He cannot add. He can only (order) line-item reductions.”
But Feigenholtz, who helped write the human services portion of the state budget, said Quinn “should come back to the Legislature to ask us for more” money this fall. And Quinn agreed.
“There may be some legislators that want to revisit certain areas (of the budget),” said Quinn. “I think it’s really imperative that legislators not say, ‘We did something in the spring,’ and that’s the last word.”