Gov. Pat Quinn says he plans to make the elimination of state-university scholarships that legislators now give away a high priority in the legislative session that start late this month.
Quinn in August used his amendatory veto power to compel lawmakers to make a decision about the legislative perk.
During an event at the University of Illinois on Friday, Quinn said legislative leaders from both parties should push their members to end the scholarships.
The scholarships have long been a source of ethical and sometimes legal concern.
Today was the Republican-led Missouri General Assembly’s annual veto session, but neither chamber made any attempt to override any of the 14 vetoes issued by Democratic Governor Jay Nixon this year.
However, House Budget Chairman Ryan Silvey (R, Kansas City) used the occasion to blast the governor for withholding money from various state agencies.
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