State Senate Leader ganging up with Governor against House Speaker Mike Madigan
Jones, the Senate president, says he is supporting Blagojevich's idea of spending more on health while vetoing parts of the budget. He promises to block any Senate effort to override the vetoes.
Jones again blamed Madigan for the situation. He says any budget agreement among the legislative leaders was broken by Madigan conspiring with Republicans to derail Senate efforts to approve a new Chicago casino that would provide money for state construction contracts.
"He's not a man of his word. Keep his nose out of the Senate business, period," Jones said.
The governor doesn’t have the legal authority to enact his new health insurance plan, House Speaker Michael Madigan said Wednesday.
In his first public comments since Gov. Rod Blagojevich announced he would veto $500 million from the proposed state budget in order to finance an expansion of health care, Madigan said it is not possible for the governor to take money from one part of the budget and spend it on something else without legislative approval.
“I still think he needs some authority, somewhere,” said Madigan, D-Chicago.
Madigan called Blagojevich’s latest move “contrary to the Constitution.”