Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Edgar: Reason to be optimistic in future

Speaking at Millikin University, Edgar urged residents across the state to find the silver lining in recent events. He pointed out that meaningful change does not occur in good times.

Edgar said Monday he couldn't imagine tackling the deficit facing Gov. Pat Quinn, which has been estimated as high as $11.5 billion. He said the $1 billion deficit he inherited in 1991 was child's play in comparison.

Edgar said it will be necessary to both raise taxes and cut state expenditures, actions that will be unpopular among voters. However, he said the burden of improving conditions in the state falls on everyone's shoulders.

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