Gov. Bruce Rauner insists he’ll soon have the authority to reallocate funds to prevent certain state programs from running out of the money before the end of the fiscal year. Rauner is asking for broad authority to move money around to plug shortfalls in area like the state’s child care assistance program. While Senate President John Cullerton has said they’re “nowhere close to deal,” Rauner describes the situation differently.
“It’s another case of sausage being made,” Rauner said. “We are very close, but you know, a number of people need to weigh in, and I believe we’ll get it resolved very soon.”
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Rauner is quick to blame legislators for creating the problem in the first place by passing a budget he calls “phony," and the need for reallocation is becoming very urgent.
“Do I have a timeline? Yesterday,” Rauner said.
Rauner says “some people in the process” want to use these negotiations to get Rauner to agree to a tax increase to plug some of the budget holes, which Rauner says he won’t do.