Had another dental appointment today. I'm in the middle of some major dental work, paying for a lifelong aversion to the dentist's chair due in no small part to a childhood dentist I am sure was the camp dentist at Dachau.
We received a letter from the Illinois Dept. of Children and Family Services about the Illinois General Assembly's approval of a "50% budget" for fiscal 2010 which would cut DCFS' budget of $460,451,675 from their current $1,337,750,700 budget. Some of the results of this would be: 50% reduction of foster care board and adoption subsidy payments; 5,257 children receiving day care services would no longer be able to receive this service; training for caregivers would be eliminated; caseloads would increase from 15/1 to 50/1.
From the Belleville News-Democrat:
Jim Tobin, president of the anti-tax group National Taxpayers United of Illinois, said the real reason the state wants a tax increase is to pay for healthcare benefits and pensions for state employees and legislators.
"It's a huge smokescreen, Tobin said. "They're trying to raise the income tax 50 percent in order to pay their multimillion-dollar pensions and subsidize the luxurious healthcare benefits of government employees."
Tobin added, "It's a time-honored tradition for them to trot out these people and say the tax increase is for them. I hope these people realize they're being played for suckers. We taxpayers do, and we're not going to take it."
State Sen. Kyle McCarter, R-Lebanon, said Quinn has "blatantly carved" out the poor, the disabled, the elderly and the abused from the budget. He said it would be irresponsible for legislators to approve a tax increase without first addressing spending.
"We didn't get into this deficit because we didn't tax people enough, we got into this situation because we spent more than we had," McCarter said.
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