Quinn Signs Amended Budget

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn has used his line-item veto power to make minor cuts to a $35.7 billion state budget plan he has called “incomplete.”

In a statement today, Quinn says he’s eliminating $250 million for renovations of the state Capitol. The Chicago Democrat also says the state will sell nearly half its airplanes.

Lawmakers passed the spending plan for the fiscal year that begins tomorrow after Democratic leaders couldn’t find enough votes to extend Illinois’ temporary income tax increase. Quinn had lobbied in favor of the extension in the midst of a tough re-election campaign against Republican Bruce Rauner (ROW’-nur), who opposes it.

The lawmakers’ plan doesn’t allocate enough money to cover state expenses. It uses special funds for day-to-day operations and banks on possible future increases in revenue.

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