ROCKFORD - Carl
Wasco and John Cabello are the candidates for the 68th State
Representative district. The two both
come from public service backgrounds.
Wasco serves as alderman for
even though the two may come from similar backgrounds, their stances on budget
cuts differ. A question about public-private
"My opponent, he suggested 10% across the board cuts to every department," said Ald. Carl Wasco (D)
"When you cut across the board 10% on every department, that means human services, education and public safety will take a 10% budget cut. I don't think we can afford to do a 10% across the board cut," said Wasco.
John Cabello (R) responded to Wasco by saying that cutting like that is the state's only option.
"If we can't pay our bills now, then we need to start looking at different programs," said Cabello.
cut over $39 million in the county's government without reducing services. If the
The candidates were also asked a question about the state's backlog of bills owed to human service providers around the state. Cabello brought up another plan of his, a plan that he says Wasco doesn't agree with.
"What we need to do is have the lawmakers in Springfield, until we get the problem solved, and I don't think they should be paid while they're doing that because then maybe people will get serious about the problems that this state has," said Cabello.
Wasco chose not to rebut Cabello stance but instead repeated much of what all the candidates said that night, which is that business needs to get back to normal.
"They're looking for stability from the state and that's what we're looking for and we have to get back to paying our bills within 90 days or less," said Wasco.
Wasco and Cabello square off again in another forum on October 11 at 7:30 AM at
the YWCA on