By Kayleigh Rahn
Editor’s Note: Illinois’ Gov. Bruce Rauner stopped by The Tuscola Journal office on Tuesday, Feb. 27. The staff had 24 hours to prepare for the visit that would include a 15-minute conversation with the governor regarding his 2018 budget address. The quick visit included a chat with troopers of the Illinois State Police charged with protecting the governor and his deputy press secretary. Below is a summary of Rauner’s comments while visiting Tuscola. Rauner will be on the Republican primary ballot on March 20.
The common theme throughout Gov. Bruce Rauner’s FY 2019 budget proposal is reform–pension reform and business relation reform, among others, to push the sluggish Illinois economy forward.
“To fulfill that mission is to serve the best interests of everyone in our state,” Rauner said during his 2018 budget address last month. “If our economy rises, everyone will rise with it. Our businesses will grow and create more jobs. Our family income will rise. Our young will have more opportunities to learn and earn. Our service to citizens will expand. Our taxes will go down. Our quality of life will go up.”
The state’s new school funding formula has left Tuscola schools in the middle ground where the allocated money did not jump up or down. Although, payments leaving the comptroller’s office still been stalled leaving the local district in question of when, or even if, the moneys will reach school coffers.
“That’s because we still don’t have a balanced budget,” Rauner explained at The Journal. “If we had a balanced budget we’d be able to pay down on some bills. That’s what I’ve proposed, but because they passed the tax hike over my veto but kept the spending super high, even after the tax hike, we are still running on about a $3 billion deficit. So the unpaid bills are going up. We’re not catching up and paying the schools the money we should. It’s unfair, and that’s why I’ve been fighting so hard.”
Rauner noted that for the fourth time he’s introduced a balanced budget that runs a surplus of about $350 million that he hopes to use to catch up on old bills.
The full story can be found in the Wednesday, March 7 edition of The Tuscola Journal.