Rauner Allies Say Budget Cuts Negotiable

(Springfield, IL) — The day after Governor Bruce Rauner unveiled his “turnaround budget,” the magnitude of the proposed cuts is becoming apparent and even his legislative allies are speaking cautiously about its chances. In addition to cuts in Medicaid, revenue to cities, mass transit and health benefits to retirees, Rauner’s budget relies on two-billion-dollars in savings from his pension reform plan, even though the proposal would face an uncertain fate in court if it ever did make it out of the legislature. The top Republican in the Democrat-controlled House, Jim Durkin, said everything in the budget is subject to negotiation, a sentiment echoed by the top Senate Republican, Christine Radogno.