Bruce Rauner is promising to increase funding for education in his first year in office while still cutting taxes. The Republican candidate for governor claims the state will be able to afford the increases laid out in his new education blueprint, while simultaneously rolling back the income tax increase and freezing property taxes. When asked for specifics, Rauner claims there are many areas the state can cut back.
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“Other programs will need to be cut,” Rauner said. “(The) tax code needs to be overhauled, and we’ve outlined many of those initial steps in our plans over the past couple months.” Rauner’s plan calls for increasing funding for everything from early childhood education to the state’s public universities. He’s also proposing further reforms to teacher tenure and removing limits on the number of charter schools that can operate in the state, though the number of charter schools now operating is below the established limits. Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Paul Vallas blasted Rauner’s plan, claiming it will leave the state with a $4 billion budget hole, and calling the blueprint “reckless and irresponsible.”