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Governor Rauner Delivers Budget Address to General Assembly

Governor Bruce Rauner delivered his Budget Address Wednesday afternoon in a joint session to the General Assembly. After talking about the dismal economic performance and pension situation, Rauner stated they should stop wasting time by voting on spending bills that will be vetoed and to take action now.

Rauner added it is time to work together to enact a bipartisan, balanced budget with a mix of reforms, cost reductions, and revenue. He also stated real reforms must be passed this year, or else tough decisions would be made, including big cuts. Another topic Rauner talked about was education and funding for the K-12 schools. Rauner stated that a stand-alone appropriations bill will be introduced, and proposed full funding for the General State Aid foundation for the first time in seven years.

Rauner also cited he still supports Senate President John Cullerton’s pension plan, yet no bill has been introduced. Before wrapping up, Rauner addressed the General Assembly to come together and transform the State for the better.

Rauner’s Budget Address was under 30 minutes and was broadcast on Newstalk WTIM. 

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