The Governor proposed his budget this week and he says it a balanced proposal that paves the way to roll the state’s income tax back a quarter of a percent. He’s proposing spending money vastly differently than it has been before – especially when it comes to education. Rauner wants K-12 schools and universities to start paying their portion of pension costs. Republican Neal Anderson from the 36th district says it’s worth looking at, but the details need to be better understood.
The plan has been floated before, but the cost shift was proposed to roll out over a longer period of time. Rauner wants schools to absorb the full cost in just 4 years. Democrat Dave Kohler from the 46th says shoving the total cost to schools over a short period of time undermines the Governor’s long state wish of lower property taxes.