The Republican nominee for governor is against the way the budgeting process has been handled in the General Assembly, but he isn’t offering an alternative plan. Rauner accused Democratic lawmakers and Gov. Pat Quinn of having less than noble motives for attempting to pass a budget that assumes the temporary income tax hike will be kept in place, without voting on the hike itself.
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“I think it’s absolutely wrong to do what they’re doing,” Rauner said. “They’re playing political games and showing a lack of leadership, and unfortunately, in Springfield, that’s been the status quo.” Rauner has said his budget would let the income tax rate fall to 3.75 percent without cutting funding for schools. Without offering any more specifics, he promised that his proposal will be detailed in the “not too distant future.”