$1.5 M to veterans or not?
From The Alton Telegraph (Mary Tallon, AP):
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Gov. Rod Blagojevich said in his State of the State address that he would increase field staff at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs by 50 percent, but his budget proposal shows no increase in the number of employees.Can the B-team get it straight? Is the money in the budget or not?
The agency’s director told lawmakers there was no money for more workers. The budget book also does not list additional employees. News releases about the budget say nothing about adding staff.
Yet when questioned about the issue, the Blagojevich administration insisted the money is there.
Veterans’ Affairs Director Roy Dolgos, after speaking to the governor’s office, said his legislative testimony was wrong. The budget actually contains $1.5 million for new employees that he had not known about, he said.