The Democrats who control the Illinois General Assembly stand ready to consider all of the budgetary ideas Gov. Bruce Rauner puts forth. “We’re looking forward to his budget in about 38 days,” says Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago). Rauner is to deliver his proposal to lawmakers Feb. 18. This comes as the new governor announces an executive order freezing all “non-essential” spending. What does he mean by that?
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“Some of these things are new to me; we’ll find out very soon,” says House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs). “What we do recognize is that the spending within our state agencies goes way above and beyond the revenues that we’ve brought in. That’s real simple.”
“We’ve worked hard in recent years … to pare back as much of the non-essential spending as we could,” says State Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston), “and we’ve found there’s significant disagreement on what is non-essential, and I look forward to having another strong voice enter that debate.”