Rauner Girds For Battle With Cut-Filled Budget

(Springfield, IL) — Governor Bruce Rauner has set the stage for a knock-down, drag-out fight with the Democrat-controlled legislature with a budget that calls for cuts in health care for the poor, aid to cities and funding for mass transit. Calling it a “turnaround budget,” Rauner also proposed reforming the state pension system by creating a second tier of lower benefits and higher employee contributions going forward. Rauner did propose a 300-million-dollar increase in funding for education and he said a solution is near for the one-point-five-billion-dollar shortfall in the current budget. Rauner also repeated his call for changes demanded by business and said there would be no consideration of tax increases until they’re made.