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Slashing Spending and Shrinking the Budget Day 1

posted: October 26, 2009 • Categories: Slashing SpendingComments: 0

We are all very aware of the difficult financial crisis Illinois currently faces, but many of us wonder how we can get out of it. Year after year the politicians in Springfield pass budgets filled with frivolous spending and unnecessary programs. While cutting the budget this year alone will not get us out of the hole, being fiscally conservative each year will get us back on the road to prosperity.

Many candidates and politicians talk about needing to cut the budget; however, many of them never provide the examples of how to do so. In stark contrast to my opponents, I will offer details as to how to get us out of this mess.

Starting today and for the next 5 days, I will release a few specific ways I’d cut spending for programs that appeared in the 2009 and 2010 Budgets. Then throughout the rest of the campaign, I will continue to show examples of how to close this huge budget deficit and practice the true fiscal responsibility this state needs. Before you know it, I’ll have outlined how--within a short amount of time—we can slash $500 million in waste.

Monday’s Cuts:

#1 Classroom Cubed = $2,000,000 

  • This state-funded program used 3-D technology to teach students. Not only is this a frivolous way to spend money, but even professionals who use 3-D technology don’t understand how it could be utilized in the classroom.

#2 Vault Toilet Grants = $137,897

  • This money was used to construct vault toilets (glorified port-o-potties) in seven state parks. This cost does not include the maintenance and upkeep of them, though.

#3 Principal Mentoring Program = $3,100,000

  • Perhaps the $300,000 salaries for principals and administrators aren’t enough. This program currently teaches principals how to do their job by pairing them up together.

Our Monday total is $5,237,897 with more programs to be cut in the upcoming days. Please stay tuned each day as we uncover the huge amount of waste in the state’s budget.


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