SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn warned Wednesday that the state's Medicaid system is near collapse and government retirement funds are broken, but he offered no plan for fixing the problems.
In his annual budget address, Quinn said both issues must be studied by committees that will present their recommendations later this spring.
But he did not spell out a plan. Instead, he said a "pension working group" will study the problem and come up with recommendations by April 17.
Similarly, he said Medicaid, which provides care for 2.7 million people in Illinois, "is on the brink of collapse."
"The governor seems to be trying very hard to spin an impression that they're actually cutting spending ... when in fact the budget is going up," said Sen. Matt Murphy, R-Palatine. "So the idea that somehow fiscal responsibility has come to the Quinn administration is patently false."
One of the few areas where Quinn wants to increase spending is education. His budget proposes a $90 million increase, or about 1%, to help early childhood programs and college scholarships.
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