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Effects of the Governor’s Vetoes on the FY2008 Budget

The spring 2007 legislative session, which continued long past the May 31st scheduled adjournment date, failed to produce any meaningful reform for the state’s revenue and school-funding systems. On August 13, six weeks into the new fiscal year, the Illinois General Assembly sent the Governor a FY 2008 state budget bill (HB 3866).  The Governor then used his veto powers to cut about $470 million from nearly 1,500 line items from the spending plan passed by the General Assembly. The Governor has said he plans to use these funds to expand health care coverage. Nearly three-fifths of the $470 million that the Governor cut from the General Assembly’s spending plan comes from the Department of Healthcare and Family Services (DHFS), Department of Human Services (DHS), and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) budgets. Download and read report

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