Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is laying out a budget plan that includes major reforms, big cuts, and some tough choices. Governor Rauner says they are coping with both a current budget shortfall and a huge hole in the upcoming fiscal year's budget. He says his plan won't be popular, but is the only way to get the state back on track.
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That includes $500-million to pay down the state's stack of unpaid bills and an increase in early childhood and K-12 education. State Representative Dan Beiser (D-Alton) tells The Big Z he is concerned with Rauner’s plan to cut funding to municipalities.
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State Representative Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) tells The Big Z the governor didn’t sugarcoat anything.
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The governor's budget proposal does not include any tax increases, but does offer major changes to state employee pensions, adds more corrections officers, and reduces higher education funding.