Today’s veto announcement places the state budget debate in a new light.

By vetoing the budget, the governor is making it clear that Illinois must have additional revenue as part of any final budget “fix.” The veto proves that we cannot cut our way to a budget that meets the needs of Illinois citizens.

This is a serious moment for Illinois requiring the full attention of the governor and the members of the General Assembly.

Issues unrelated to the budget should be pushed to the side until a spending plan is signed that adequately funds higher education and countless other important state programs that Illinoisans count on.