Rauner’s prescription has been his “turnaround agenda,” a set of policies, such as changes to workers’ compensation laws and collective bargaining rights, that he contends will jump start Illinois’ economy and bring more money into the state’s coffers.
While he’s acknowledged that tax increases in some form are needed to balance the budget, Raruner has said he’d only sign on if the Democratic-controlled legislature agreed to some of his proposals.
Madigan, meanwhile, has argued that much of what the governor wants runs afoul of the Democratic Party’s core values, and has accused Rauner of holding the budget-making process hostage to advance his personal agenda.
Madigan’s solution has been a combination of spending cuts and tax increases, adding Democrats don’t have the votes to pass a tax increase on their own.
More recently, he’s proposed a 50 percent reduction in the corporate income taxes — wiith provisions to ensure every company pays something — and increased investments in higher education and infrastructure to spur economic growth. But Madigan isn’t tying that to budget negotiations.
Shake up Springfield sounds eerily similiar to another catchy phrase used…..
From the chicago sun times:
Chance, who grew up in West Chatham as Chancellor Bennett, left the Thompson Center saying he felt “flustered” after a 30-minute conversation with the governor that centered on funding for the Chicago Public Schools.
In brief remarks to reporters as he walked to the elevators with a small entourage, the rapper said he was frustrated by “vague answers” from the governor about funding for CPS, but had exchanged phone numbers with Rauner.
“I felt it went a little bit different than it should have,” said the 23-year-old Chance, who attended Jones College Prep. “I’m here because I just want people to do their jobs.”
“And I did speak with the governor. I asked him about funding CPS with that $215 million that was discussed in May of last year and was vetoed in December over, you know, political arguments and (stuff).”
Rauner pledged $215 million for CPS after negotiating a short-term budget last spring, with the funds contingent on legislative leaders passing a pension-reform package. Rauner later vetoed a bill that would have delivered the funds, calling the $215 million a “bailout” for cash-strapped CPS, and saying Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, had reneged on pension-reform promises.
Cullerton said Rauner of sank a budget deal being negotiated in the chamber by insisting on further concessions from Democrats, then leaning on GOP senators to pull back their votes.
“I wish (Chance) the best in negotiating with the governor,” Cullerton said in a statement Friday.
Talking to reporters Friday, Rauner called the accusation that he had stalled negotiations “goofy.”
Sen. Kimberly Lightfoot, chairwoman of the Education Committee, welcomed the chance to collaborate with Chance.
“I applaud Chance for using his platform to advocate for our children. I am available to brief him on any of the many issues our education system has as he prepares for further conversations with the governor,” she said in a statement.
“At this point, the important part is that our children have not been receiving the quality education they rightfully deserve. If it takes Chance to get our governor to do the job, hats off to Chance.
From the chicago tribune:
one by one, six men who are running for Illinois governor or thinking about it addressed Cook County Democratic committeemen Monday, seeking early support and offering a unified message aimed at removing Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner from office next year.
But beneath their individual Rauner-centric attacks, support for a graduated income tax to fix Illinois’ budget woes and agreement on the need to harness the activism against President Donald Trump were clear signs of separation between some of the contenders long before county Democratic leaders consider an endorsement in August.
Northwest Side Alderman Ameya Pawar and state Sen. Daniel Biss of Evanston urged party leaders to help spark a campaign built off activism for social change rather than turning to more wealthy contenders. Neither candidate is deep-pocketed and both face the prospect of raising millions of dollars to be competitive next March in the Democratic primary.
There were also divisions among the wealthier contenders. Businessman Chris Kennedy, an heir to the wealthy and iconic political family who last week put $250,100 into his own campaign and as a result lifted contributions limits in the race, implored Democrats not to back billionaire investor and entrepreneur J.B. Pritzker. Kennedy did not mention Pritzker’s name but likened him to Rauner, a former private equity investor he called a “billionaire bully.”
We have some things to Iron out in our party but we’re veterans of pushing back against rollbacks of middle-class rights. Learn from us…. both good and bad.
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