Rauner blames Democrats for budget failure

Rauner blames Democrats for budget failure

Rauner blames Democrats for budget failure

Rauner and the state's top Democrats, House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton, have been at the odds since the governor took office in 2015 promising to make IL more economically competitive.

For Democrats, political considerations are top of mind. But this spring's budget failure exposed an additional set of fault lines - among Democrats.

Rauner did not immediately say whether he would veto or partially veto the legislation.

Rauner has blamed Democrats for failing to address the pro-business, anti-union and anti-politician "structural changes" he seeks, such as cost-cutting restrictions on workers' compensation. The governor said all along he would only sign a budget with tax increases if it included reforms like workman's comp or a property tax freeze, two things Democrats have passed but the governor said the bills don't go far enough. Madigan said his fellow Democrats don't trust Rauner, after watching Senate Democrats try - and fail - to negotiate a budget with Republicans.

"Some of our people are concerned, having observed how the governor worked with the Senate Democrats, where he would negotiate, then back away, negotiate, back away", Madigan said. "There's a concern. They just don't have a high level of confidence in the way the governor has conducted himself".

Capping hours for home care workers at 40 per week has proven to be a controversial move, as some seniors in the state's home care program need more care per week and prefer to have the same caregiver, with one IL home care worker calling the Governor's actions "hostile" toward seniors.

Brian Mackey reports on how the legislature and governor's failure to pass a budget resulted in immediate downgrades for IL government.

The new fiscal year begins July 1st and there's speculation the state budget will be put off by lawmakers until the end of June.

The governor was not amused.

The State of IL will not have a fiscal 2018 budget by the end of its Spring legislative session, which is midnight Wednesday night.

For the third year in a row, legislative Democrats have been unable to reach a deal with Gov. Bruce Rauner. Secretary of State Jesse White suggested ads earlier this year, saying they would help pay for the cost of mailing the reminders.

It passed with Democratic support - and one Republican.

"He hijacked the grand bargain", he said. "He came in in the middle of the process told the Republicans to vote no". Cullerton says senators could adopt a new freeze if a two-year freeze works.

"Republicans didn't vote for anything, with some exceptions", the Senate President said, "and, as a result, we don't have a budget". "This means the session will continue throughout June, raising the number of votes required to pass a budget to 71 votes". Programs for vulnerable residents will continue to shut down. Universities and social services have gone without any state support since January, and K-12 classrooms have no assurances of what kind of support the state will provide to them in the immediate future. They're leaving Springfield. They're going to try to create phony headlines for you to report around the State.

"Today, we have seen a great dereliction of duty by the majority in the General Assembly", Rauner said at a press conference. She said Rauner's constant attacks on Madigan are "not helpful".

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