When you try to differentiate one candidate from another in a political race like that for comptroller – up in a special election in 2016 – you might look at priorities in, in this case, what bills get paid first.
Incumbent Leslie Munger, an appointed Republican, stands to face Chicago city clerk Susana Mendoza, a Democrat who has said Munger is too closely tied to Gov. Bruce Rauner to be trusted.
Munger's office issued a news release shortly after the governor signed the spending bill the legislature passed Monday. In addition to dedicated funds which the law gives the state authority to spend the already-collected money, there is about $18 million in general revenue funds for domestic violence shelters.
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Munger says, “We have made a priority in the past of helping organizations that serve people truly in need. We are going to be prioritizing those payments and working to quickly get those vouchers from the agencies so we can get these agencies paid and, hopefully, stop the further reduction in service that's been happening in many of these shelters.”
Don't blame the Rauner administration, Munger says, for the state's financial dysfunction, a phenomenon she says was years in the making, thanks to years of poor decision-making. And Munger says adopting the federal government's taxation model is a bad idea.
“A progressive income tax, I think, would be disastrous for our state,” Munger says. “We are already taxing the job producers in our state to the point where they're leaving. A flat tax, I think, is the fairest tax, because if you earn more, you pay more.”