St. Louis Public Radio News
9:19 am
Tue May 25, 2010

Group of Illinois Democrats pushes spending cuts

Springfield, Ill. – A group of Democratic lawmakers in Illinois is pushing for about $1.3 billion in cuts as officials try again to deal with a deficit ten times that.

The legislators say they're unhappy with the ideas on the table and are seeking more spending cuts.

Their plan includes chopping $300 million from Illinois schools and the same amount from government operations. They also want to trim state contracts by a half billion.

Despite a $13 billion deficit, there's significant opposition to the main methods of reducing it: cutting costs, raising taxes and borrowing money.