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Preventing Crime and Violence? $54 Million for the Visual Arts Center at ISU

John Powers 24 May 2010 No Comment

Via the Sun Times

Asked Friday if further cuts to the Department of Corrections would mean more early-release of prisoners, a practice that has already brought bad press for Quinn, the governor said, “No.” He said he hopes not to cut from corrections, health or education. Of course, those areas account for most of the spending in the budget.

Even if Quinn gets everything he asks for from the Legislature, that still leaves a $6 billion deficit.

“It’s not like the demand for those services go down with the cut. These are vulnerable populations. Really bad things can happen, including crime and violence,” Martire said. “Take the case of the violent husband. The $6,000 funding for his domestic abuse treatment is cut. So he becomes violent and beats up his wife.”

There you have it, cut the budget and we will get more wife beatings.  So there is no choice but to tax and spend more.  No need to look at the spending in the Illinois capital budget, where you might find something like this…

Illinois State University -Mc Clean County -Renovation of the Visual Arts Center

$54,250,100

So if I have this straight, we have to spend $54 Million on the visual arts center at ISU or women will get beaten.  Seems odd that our State Universities are not getting their bills paid on time, but we have

Northeastern Illinois University -Cook County -Construct Education Building

$72,977,200

The budget process in Springfield is a farce, and Ralph Martire and Gov. Quinn know it. The joke is on the taxpayers.

Download the Illinois capital budget here

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John Powers is the President of the Chicago Daily Observer

image Center for the Visual Arts at Illinois State University

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