State of the State, Budget Address by the Numbers

By Margaret Lyons in News on Feb 20, 2008 7:44PM

2008_2_20.blago2.jpgGovernor Blagojevich delivered his State of the State and budget address today. He wants to pass a capital bill based on privatizing the Illinois lottery, and says he has "three clear and achievable goals" for our state's economy: 1. "Invest in our infrastructure" 2. "Relief for families" and 3."Tax cuts for businesses."

As we comb through the speech (more later today or tomorrow), here's a breakdown of how many times Blago uttered these words:

  • Economics, economy, economists: 40
  • Families, family: 28
  • Tax, taxes: 24
  • Strengthen, strengthening: 19, (16 of which were strengthening the economy)
  • Business, businesses: 16
  • Cut, cuts, cutting: 16
  • Capital bill: 12
  • Money: 12
  • Good: 10
  • Infrastructure: 9
  • Health care: 8
  • Idea: 7
  • School, schools: 5
  • Chicago: 4, all in reference to the Olympics
  • Times are tough, tough times: 3