Quinn to call for more cuts, scrutiny in budget

Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to call today for additional cuts and more scrutiny of money that

FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2012 file photo Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn speaks with reporters at the Illinois state Capitol in Springfield. On Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, Quinn announced his plan to veto a bill to expand gambling, saying the proposed bill lacked sufficient regulatory oversight. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to call today for additional cuts and more scrutiny of money that's automatically sent to local governments, public transportation and other programs as he presents his proposed budget.

The Chicago Democrat will propose slashing $400 million from education in the fiscal year that starts July 1. It also will pin the blame for the cuts on lawmakers' failure to fix the state's worst-in-the-nation pension problem.

The automatic fund transfers include more than $2 billion in spending that Quinn's aides describe as "on autopilot." The amount those programs receive is set in state statute. Trying to cut it is likely to cause a contentious debate.

Quinn's proposed budget also attempts to pay down $2 billion in unpaid bills.


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