the end of the
week the Illinois House passed several major bills that will now be considered
by the senate, which has mixed feelings to say the least.
approved 1.6-billion in Medicaid cuts last week. They also approved another bill that would
allow casinos in several
house also agreed to increase the tax on cigarettes by 1-dollar, a move that
could raise 700-million for the state.
But some senators don't agree with the moves and unless
changes are made many of these bills might not make it to the governor's desk.
need to be made, and reforms have to be made, the ones that they are choosing
over other ones, that certainly would not be my first choice," said
senator Dave Syverson.
Syverson says increasing the cigarette tax will drive business out of the state. He also says simply slashing Medicaid funds isn't the answer, he says there needs to be more reform such as people who collect Medicaid illegally removed from the system before cuts should be made.