Business groups: Rauner’s budget ‘tough’ but ‘honest’

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Business groups say Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget plan is “courageous” even though it’s “tough medicine.” The Republican governor outlined a spending plan Wednesday that calls for billions in cuts to Medicaid, pension costs and other state spending while increasing money for schools and hiring more prison guards. Ty Fahner is president of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago. He says while difficult, Rauner’s is “among the most politically courageous plans we have seen.” He says Rauner is meeting the goal of living within the state’s financial ability. The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association says the budget is tough medicine. But CEO Greg Baise says it’s an “honest budget that doesn’t use the same accounting gimmicks” of previous governors.