Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Rauner Aims for Stopgag Budget, Blasts Dems Education Plan

Gov. Bruce Rauner is pushing a stopgag budget to fund schools, universities and other state services amid an ongoing fight with Democrats who run the Legislature.

The Republican On Tuesday ripped a Democratic plan to fund schools in the new fiscal year that begins Friday, repeating criticism that it amounts to a "bailout" of Chicago Public Schools.

Democrats argue their plan treats Chicago schools the same as every other Illinois district.

"I have said it before, and I'll say it again today: we must not bail out a broken system that refuses to change the way it does business," Rauner said in a statement. "Forcing Illinois to raise its income tax to bail out CPS is fundamentally unfair to our school children, parents, homeowners, and small business owners across the state."

Rauner says Republican legislative leaders plan to file their own proposals Tuesday.

They would fund K-12 education, road construction and other programs for a full year even if lawmakers don't agree on a new state budget by the Thursday night deadline.

Information provided by the Springfield Journal-Register

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