Lawmakers, organizations respond to Rauner's budget address

Governor Bruce Rauner gives state budget address. (WICS)

JB Pritzker Response to Budget Address From Bruce Rauner

“After three years of crisis and destruction, Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget will continue to devastate Illinois’ working families,” said JB Pritzker. “Today, we saw a failed governor propose another unbalanced budget as he doubles down on his all-out assault on workers and the social services they need to build better lives. Bruce Rauner desperately ripped a page from Daniel Biss’ playbook, attempting to balance the budget on the backs of public servants by slashing their hard-earned benefits in a potentially unconstitutional scheme.
“At the same time, Rauner’s budget would have a devastating impact on childcare services, programs for the developmentally disabled, and mental health services, further decimating a social safety net Rauner has relentlessly attacked. As governor, I will provide real leadership and vision to bring our state together and clean up the damage Bruce Rauner has done.”

Republican Candidate for Comptroller Darlene Senger issued the following statement after Governor Bruce Rauner delivered his Budget Address:

"Today, the Governor outlined a responsible spending plan that prioritizes education, healthcare and infrastructure and puts Illinois on a trajectory towards reducing the recently enacted income tax hike. Now more than ever, Republicans and Democrats must put the partisanship aside and work towards real solutions -- most importantly a balanced budget that includes a path towards reducing the tax burden on Illinois' working families."

The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association has released the following statement in response to Governor Rauner’s Budget Address:

"Illinois needs a balanced budget to create stability and predictability for job creators in the state. Our continued budget challenges are predicated in part by the state’s anemic job growth compared to the rest of the nation. Manufacturers in Illinois have added only 8,300 jobs since the end of the recession in 2009 while our neighboring states have added an average of 68,600 good, high-paying manufacturing jobs. This disparity is largely due to the failed policies of higher taxes and more regulations."

The Illinois Municipal League issued the following statement in response to Governor Bruce Rauner’s budget address and the proposed 10% cut to the Local Government Distribution Fund (LGDF):

“While we are aware of the challenges with our state’s budget, the proposed cut to LGDF would directly impact core services for all Illinois citizens. If passed, this budget would disproportionately burden our public safety and public works departments and would likely force communities across Illinois to explore increases to other fees or taxes. Municipal governments have served as good stewards of taxpayer dollars. LGDF is the financial foundation that most communities build from to deal with tough economic times like we’re experiencing now across the state. We are optimistic we can work with the legislature and administration to find a solution that works best for local communities and our state, but does not reduce their statutory funding or place more mandates on their programs and services,” said Brad Cole, Executive Director of the Illinois Municipal League (IML).

NFIB State Director Mark Grant has released the following statement in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget:

“It’s been too long since Illinois had a balanced budget. We have a history of not paying our bills and kicking the can down the road. Governor Rauner’s plan would change that. It would bring spending under control and compel Illinois to live within its means.
“Last year, the General Assembly hit us with a 32-percent income tax increase, and they’re talking about raising taxes again.
“We can’t afford to keep spending money we don’t have. Our members are calling on their legislators to do their constitutional duty and start with a revenue estimate. We want the General Assembly to stop playing politics and produce a balanced budget in a truly bipartisan manner.”
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