Rose also called for dialing back funding to Chicago schools which receives more funding than the rest of the state’s schools combined.
Chicago schools have 33 percent of the state’s students below the poverty level, yet they are getting 45 percent of the poverty funding.
“The state is still running over $1 billion in deficit. We need to spend wiser. We need to let the temporary tax increase from three years ago expire and put more money back into the people’s pocket,” Rose said. He also noted that there are resolutions being filed to increase taxes again.
Governor Quinn noted that Wednesday was the fifth anniversary of the ousting of Governor Rod Blagojevich and himself being sworn in as Governor.
“Quinn came into a tough job. Five years later we have paid down bills but we still have a $5 billion backlog of bills. If you’re going to propose spending, you have to have a way to get the money for it,” Rose said.