Governor funds new healthcare initiative by taking from existing health programs
By KERRY L. SMTIH
Although Gov. Rod Blagojevich has said he wants to reallocate state spending to put more money into health care, more than
25 percent of the budget cuts he made six weeks ago came from existing
health and human services programs.
In late August, the governor overrode legislators and cut a total of $463 million from the state's General Fund budget to
fund the start of his $2.1 billion universal healthcare initiative. Ironically, according to Senate Minority Leader Frank
Watson, a Republican from Greenville, $120 million of those cuts came from