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*** UPDATED x5 *** Rauner releases laughable “budget blueprint”

Thursday, Jun 12, 2014

* Click here to read it. The “blueprint” is incredibly weak. He’s found just $140 million in itemized budgetary “savings.” And most of those savings aren’t even recoverable or part of GRF.

…Adding… A Rauner ally just called to clarify that this is only waste. It’s just the first step, she said. It’s still weak.

On top of that, Rauner also calls for eliminating the state aircraft fleet, he wants an end to “slush funds” like the anti-violence initiative, and he vows not to accept a salary.

He claims unspecified reforms at CMS would save another $500 million. And another $250 million could be saved by verifying Medicaid eligibility.

* Basically, Rauner has given us a few pieces of low-hanging fruit, sprinkled it with some magic fairy dust and added a dash of hot rhetoric.

This isn’t a budget blueprint. It’s rehashed stuff he’s already talked about on the campaign trail. And it absolutely does not prevent the need to keep income tax rates high.

*** UPDATE 1 *** From the Quinnsters…

Quinn for Illinois Statement on Rauner’s Budget Prank Today

Rauner’s Ploy Would Benefit Millionaires and Billionaires That Want to be Governor

CHICAGO - Following is a statement from Quinn for Illinois Communications Director Brooke Anderson in response to the Bruce Rauner budget prank released today:

“What Bruce Rauner released today is a giant prank on the public meant to hide the absence of any real plan to deal with the massive structural challenges facing Illinois.

“Gov. Quinn has cut wasteful spending and made the tough choices to pay the bills while Rauner tried to score political points from the sidelines.

“What Rauner released today is a collection of newspaper clippings and lesser versions of policies Gov. Quinn already has embraced, as the Governor has cut $5.7 billion in spending to date. In fact, as part of his current budget review, Governor Quinn is already evaluating the state’s plane usage.

“Gov. Quinn closed 50 state facilities, reformed Medicaid and enacted reforms that mean Illinois is actually spending less on operations than it did six years ago.

“Rauner’s prank today notably includes a grandstanding salary provision that would mean that only millionaires and billionaires could be Governor.

“Rauner has attempted to sabotage the real savings achieved by Gov. Quinn, whether it be real city and state pension reform, paying our bills and protecting homeowners from property tax increases.

“The question we are left with today after Rauner’s ploy is, ‘Where’s his real budget plan?’”

*** UPDATE 2 *** The official Rauner release just reached my in-box…

Rauner Unveils Government Reform Blueprint and Plan to Cut Wasteful Spending

- Outlines 10 Key Steps -
- Over $1 Billion in Savings -

Bruce Rauner today announced ten key steps needed to reform state government and eliminate wasteful spending as part of a series of policy initiatives he will continue to unveil in the coming weeks.

The proposals will form a Bring Back Blueprint that details the reforms needed to restructure state government so it can be run more effectively and efficiently, create an economic climate that will lead to more and better paying jobs, ensure a fair, pro-growth tax system and find the resources to invest in education.

Click HERE to download the Bring Back Blueprint: Government Reform and Cutting Government Waste.

Today’s reforms follow last week’s announcement by Bruce that the first major initiative he is pushing – legislative term limits – received official word from the state that it had enough signatures to be placed on the ballot.

“Pat Quinn spent five years preserving a broken system. His failure to act has Illinois stuck in a downward spiral that’s resulted in both a record tax hike and yet another phony budget,” Rauner said. “That’s why I’m laying out a series of structural reforms and savings that will transform our state.”

“From selling state planes to making sure chickens aren’t treated better than taxpayers, I’ll root out the waste,” Rauner added. “And I’ll reform broken and outdated systems of government. It’s time to shake things up.”

*** UPDATE 3 *** But, of course…


*** UPDATE 4 *** Commenter “Demoralized” sums it up well…

He identifies $60 million spent for correctional officer overtime as “savings” while at the same time saying more people should have been hired to prevent overtime. You aren’t going to save $60 million because you are going to spend a lot of that on new employees. […]

He identifies money at the Court of Claims as “waste” yet Court of Claims payments are for things owed by the state. I guess he’s for stiffing people what they are owed.

He says get rid of the state air fleet but doesn’t provide any analysis of the real savings because you will start to have to spend money on mileage reimbursement for individuals not taking the plane (not just the Governor uses the planes). He also says it only costs $65 to drive between Chicago and Springfield. It costs double that based on the current mileage reimbursement rate.

All of the audit issues he brings up with equipment aren’t savings. I have no idea how he comes to that conclusion.

As for the payments on Medicaid to deceased individuals that money has been recovered. No savings there either. I also have no idea in general how he comes up with $140 million in savings.

*** UPDATE 5 *** Rauner campaign spokesperson Mike Schrimpf.

“Only Pat Quinn would reject a billion dollars in cuts to wasteful spending and advocate raising taxes instead.”

See “Update 4″ for a pretty good response. Plus, half of those “savings” are from one agency, CMS, and his plan doesn’t even come close to specifying how he’d save $500 million. C’mon. This is so phoney.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


116 Comments
  1. - I'm New Here - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 12:41 pm:

    Maybe this is reading too much into it, but is the overwhelmingly blue color scheme supposed to underscore how much Democrats *love Bruce*?


  2. - Steve - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 12:41 pm:

    Rich, if you only understood the miracles of Common Core math Rauner is advocating for our schools.


  3. - Walter Mitty - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 12:43 pm:

    Not. Even. Close. PQ could have done better… One first big mistake of a well run campaign up to now… If there isn’t an announcement in the end.. On this date, I will release my budget plan… He’s got some problems…Soon ain’t an answer now… A date.


  4. - Chi - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 12:44 pm:

    Wow, the jokes from this morning were actually the truth.

    You want specifics? Fine! My policy is I’m going to cut waste and run the state like a business.


  5. - Michelle Flaherty - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 12:44 pm:

    Perhaps it’s time for a Reality Check.


  6. - John a logan - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 12:44 pm:

    So your not a fan?


  7. - Chris - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 12:45 pm:

    “the miracles of Common Core math Rauner is advocating”

    Do you know what Rauner’s *specific* curriculum (as opposed to *standards*) recommendation is?

    Or are you just assuming the worst, since he doesn’t have a stated position? Not that assuming the worst is necessarily unfair–see this joke of a ‘policy announcement–but just to be clear, whether that’s an assumption or a demonstrable position.


  8. - Goooner - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 12:48 pm:

    He’s up by 10.
    Why provide specifics that would cause voters to turn to Quinn?
    Rauner is doing exactly the right thing with this.


  9. - Chi - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 12:49 pm:

    Rauner Campaign meeting:

    How much are these CMS reforms gonna save?
    Uh, who knows. Put down half a bil.


  10. - Mighty M. Mouse - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 12:52 pm:

    ===He’s up by 10.===

    Only in your dreams.


  11. - Chi - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 12:54 pm:

    *anxiously awaits Oswego Willy’s take down of this “blueprint”


  12. - PublicServant - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 12:58 pm:

    Did anyone try to ask him any questions, or did he just ramble, say Thank You, and leave?


  13. - ERB - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 12:59 pm:

    Considering the source, I find this hilarious:

    “In addition to lavish salaries, members of the General Assembly are entitled to a generous pension - on average about $54,500.”

    What word would be a good equivalent for lavish multiplied by 1,000 (since that is how much more Bruce makes in a year)?


  14. - too obvious - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 1:02 pm:

    So Bust-Out Bruce just wants to smash everything with his sledgehammer but has absolutely no idea how to fix anything. Got it. #goofball #bustoutbruce


  15. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 1:02 pm:

    Some team of experts he seems to have assembled.


  16. - Just Observing - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 1:05 pm:

    So… it looks like Rauner’s staff dug up all waste that has already been documented in the press and pasted the headlines into a document.


  17. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 1:05 pm:

    Not surprising, but he’s been talking about “comprehensive, detailed plans,” for more than a year. Nobody made him do that, it was his choice.

    All that build-up for this? This is a joke, the term paper you write on the school bus in pencil on the morning it’s due.

    For crying out loud, the guy said he’s going to cut taxes and increase education funding.

    Those are real issues to people. Where’s the comprehensive, detailed plan for that fantasy?

    Unforced embarrassment. I can’t believe his peeps let him put it out there.


  18. - Steve - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 1:05 pm:

    Anyone who really believes at this juncture ,Rauner is up by 10 points should put down that crack pipe. The state of Illinois has way more registered Democrats than Republicans. Plus, Pat Quinn has a secret ace in hole: how’s Rauner going to respond when Barack Obama comes back to town to help Pat Quinn?


  19. - Ginhouse Tommy - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 1:08 pm:

    Where does everybody else get that magic fairy dust? Mr Rauner has to realize that the budget has to be a workable document, not one made up of smoke, mirrors and sweet sounding sound bites that work well on the campaign trail but not in the real world. Try again sir and this time try come up with workable solutions not false promises that you can’t keep.


  20. - Demoralized - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 1:08 pm:

    A lot of stuff in his “blueprint” are just plain goofy. He identifies $60 million spent for correctional officer overtime as “savings” while at the same time saying more people should have been hired to prevent overtime. You aren’t going to save $60 million because you are going to spend a lot of that on new employees. He wants to go to a defined contribution plan for legislators but last time I checked legislators were still covered under the constitutional pension guarantee. He identifies money at the Court of Claims as “waste” yet Court of Claims payments are for things owed by the state. I guess he’s for stiffing people what they are owed. He says get rid of the state air fleet but doesn’t provide any analysis of the real savings because you will start to have to spend money on mileage reimbursement for individuals not taking the plane (not just the Governor uses the planes). He also says it only costs $65 to drive between Chicago and Springfield. It costs double that based on the current mileage reimbursement rate. All of the audit issues he brings up with equipment aren’t savings. I have no idea how he comes to that conclusion. As for the payments on Medicaid to deceased individuals that money has been recovered. No savings there either. I also have no idea in general how he comes up with $140 million in savings. Is he counting all of the things he has listed? Ummm, Mr. Rauner, that spending has already taken place. No savings there.

    This budget “blueprint” is indeed laughable. Is this what we were all waiting for. If so this gives me zero confidence in him. He clearly has no clue about the budget.


  21. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 1:09 pm:

    –The state of Illinois has way more registered Democrats than Republicans.–

    Amazingly. there are exactly the same number of registered Democrats and Republicans in Illinois: zero.

    Up your game, dude.


  22. - crazybleedingheart - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 1:11 pm:

    As an adult who labors in exchange for a paycheck, I can’t describe how insulted and offended I am by
    “4. NO PAY OR PENSION AS GOVERNOR”

    Yes, I know he said it before.

    But seeing it there as an item in his blueprint…

    Think of all the money we could save if all government functions were handled by plutocrats!

    Disgusting.


  23. - ChinaTown - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 1:11 pm:

    No upside to specifics. This will clear specificity/credibility threshold with many voters.


  24. - Demoralized - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 1:11 pm:

    Waste! Shake things up! $1 billion in savings right there!


  25. - x ace - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 1:12 pm:

    Salary Question ?

    Isn’t an Official required to accept the Salary and pay Taxes on the Salary ?

    Then (after the Taxable transaction )they can do whatever they want including donating the Salary Amount back to the State , but they can’t just say ” I’m Not Accepting a Salary ” can they ?

    ( Assume Pension is different and Official can choose to participate or not Participate )

    If Answer is Yes , they must Accept , Then ???


  26. - ChinaTown - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 1:12 pm:

    Plus the Quinn response is rambling, unfocused, overly defensive. No reason for Rauner to put out a bigger target.

    Not sure which is worse, the “plan” or the “response.”


  27. - Norseman - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 1:13 pm:

    I’d love to be a fly in the House and Senate Republican Leadership meetings when they talk about all the fun things Raunervich has in store for them should they get elected. I know this proposal would never get out of a chamber, but this demonstrates the candidate’s Blago-like tendency to target the Solons with his rhetoric.


  28. - Just Observing - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 1:18 pm:

    === Pat Quinn has a secret ace in hole: how’s Rauner going to respond when Barack Obama comes back to town to help Pat Quinn? ===

    Umm… those that are goo-goo-ga-ga over Obama are already voting for Quinn. At best, Obama could help turnout. If Obama alone is the deciding factor, youz gotz a lot to learn.


  29. - Chi - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 1:19 pm:

    =Not sure which is worse, the “plan” or the “response.”=

    The plan. The plan is worse.


  30. - Mighty M. Mouse - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 1:19 pm:

    His so-called budget is a sham, just like his hollow shell of a campaign. He thinks with all his money he can ice cubes to Eskimos and pure B.S. to Illinois’ voters but I think he’s so transparently phony that by November the electorate will see through him as easily as if he were made out of glass. What a con man he is. He’s Illinois’ own Music Man, a genuinely more dangerous charlatan than Rod Blagojevich.


  31. - Demoralized - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 1:21 pm:

    Also Mr. Rauner, do you really want to start messing with the budgets of the Supreme Court and other Constitutional officers? I seem to recall a guy named Blago trying to do that and it didn’t turn out so well for him. It’s generally a no-no for the Governor to stick his nose into the budgets of other Constitutional officers, let alone the Supreme Court.


  32. - ZC - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 1:22 pm:

    Saying “he’s up by 10, he doesn’t need a plan” is conflating campaigning with governing. I’d go along with you a bit if I thought Rauner actually -had- a plan in the wings to unveil when he gets to Springfield. But some of us are concerned when and if he gets there, his first action to restore confidence in IL govt will be either to break half his fiscal promises on the campaign trail or to send IL deep into a fiscal crater.


  33. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 1:24 pm:

    The secret is out!

    The “running the state like a business” candidate has officially become a Politican, speaking in platitudes, while raising more questions while giving no answers.

    The secret is not that there is no plan, the secret is that running like you have a plan falls apart when you rollout a “non-plan”… Plan.

    We don’t even need the. “Way-back” Machine to see how stale these talking points are, and we don’t need a degree in economics to know this isn’t a sound fiscal “plan, outline, starting point, ending point,” to know there was no point to this embarrassing circus.

    The secret is out too that the Trib’s “Simple-Mided” choice clearly doesn’t know the economics of budgetary policy of governing. How you spend, and where you spend, is as important as the red pen of slashing. What economic statement did today give us as to the policy of governing by a “Governor Rauner”

    He didn’t.

    You get only one chance to “fundamentally show” your monetary strategies and your economic priorities before everyone watching calls it all “baloney”. There is nothing presented that would be considered a “fundamental change” in governing, and frankly, nothing stated that has anything to do with governing, and understanding the role of the Executive.

    Is the only highlight that his meekly qualified, 1st term City Councilwoman runningmate didn’t fall down and due anyone?

    Will the Press use this manifesto, starting point, ending point mess to “hammer and shake” the “fundamental” answers needed to show whether Bruce Rauner is able to be the CEO of a Illinois? I hope not. Bruce Rauner is NOT running for CEO, but to be Governor of the 5th largest state in America, and he failed his first explanation of how he is going to be Governor.


  34. - zatoichi - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 1:26 pm:

    Our local banks and my Board of Directors would laugh me out of the room if I presented a budget proposal like this. His budget will effect real people in real jobs. This is a year of development or last weekend?


  35. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 1:26 pm:

    –I think he’s so transparently phony that by November the electorate will see through him as easily as if he were made out of glass. What a con man he is. He’s Illinois’ own Music Man, a genuinely more dangerous charlatan than Rod Blagojevich.–

    Blago could be the template for success. He was elected twice.

    Look at his second election: raise loads of money, go negative early and often, smile and speak in platitudes.


  36. - Jimmy CrackCorn - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 1:27 pm:

    He had live chickens sitting on a table to the right of his podium…live chickens. Think about the photograph he just gave the Quinsters, in light of their ongoing line of criticism.

    Live chickens (!) at an event promoted as a “policy announcement.”


  37. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 1:30 pm:

    –This is a year of development or last weekend?–

    More like Lost Weekend, lol.


  38. - Falstaff - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 1:30 pm:

    I love the line, “Illinois is run by lobbyists…” when the current, albeit resigning, GOP state party chair was a lobbyist. No doubt Jack will be offered a position in the administration should Rauner win. If this budget blueprint is any indication though, that will never happen.


  39. - Nearly Normal - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 1:30 pm:

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    Huh? What? (Reads the Blue Book)

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ


  40. - He Makes Ryan Look Like a Saint - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 1:34 pm:

    I am getting chills…..you can almost remove Rauner’s name and put Blagos name on the plan I swear he released the same report. CMS has been “reformed” so many times its not even funny and all the savings is gone! Rauner’s ideas (like Blago’s) will not make a difference and only complicate matters for the public.

    The only way to save is to slash entitlement programs, and you know that is not going to happen.


  41. - Amalia - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 1:35 pm:

    wait…..whut????? that’s it????!!!!!! terrible waste of time, the press must be feeling like they were expecting something more and got nothing.


  42. - Amalia - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 1:37 pm:

    and what did the Lt. Gov. candidate say? Rauner’s that is. can’t wait to watch Vallas respond with specifics.


  43. - Bluefish - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 1:39 pm:

    So the only examples of what could be cut are those that have been widely reported in the media? Perhaps having the interns put together a “budget blueprint” was not such a good idea after all.


  44. - Steve - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 1:39 pm:

    -wordslinger-

    Is Wikipedia that wrong on this one??? Democratic
    46-31
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_party_strength_in_U.S._states


  45. - I'm New Here - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 1:41 pm:

    Also interesting that they timed the release of this nonsense the same day as the release of the poll that has him up 10 points.


  46. - CirularFiringSquad - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 1:41 pm:

    Could someone tell Mitt & Mr. Shrimp that the planes are leased…so we cannot “sell”


  47. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 1:42 pm:

    - Demoralized -,

    Excellent slicing and dicing of the rhetoric disguised as a plan.

    Your breakdown is stellar.

    Is it me, or if your Campaign Spokesman’s response pertaining to its Fiscal Blueprint is…

    ===“Only Pat Quinn would reject a billion dollars in cuts to wasteful spending and advocate raising taxes instead.”===

    Isn’t that not really countering any of the holes pointed out by your opponent?

    - Chi -, hope I didn’t let you down.


  48. - Joe M - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 1:46 pm:

    Unfortunately, a lot of the voting public believes the things he mentioned will save 1 billion dollars, and will vote for him.


  49. - Cassiopeia - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 1:46 pm:

    As a political document and as talking points for his campaign ads this blueprint sets the tone for the fall campaign.

    Policy wonks and the press are offended by the lack of precise detail and rightly so.

    But to the marginally engaged electorate this is enough.


  50. - Ghost - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 1:49 pm:

    I must say I expected something more professional looking from such a high level excutive. Something that looks more like what COGFA puts out. This looks like something a middle school kid tossed together at the last minute the night before it was due.


  51. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 1:49 pm:

    –Is Wikipedia that wrong on this one???–

    No, it’s correct. You just didn’t read it for comprehension.

    –the following 22 states (mostly in the South and the Midwest) do not provide for party preferences in voter registration: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois,…–

    Just to sum up: there are no registered Democrats, and no registered Republicans, in the state of Illinois.


  52. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 1:51 pm:

    Rauner shoulda listened to the pros and kept his mouth shut until Labor Day.

    I cannot wait for the react from Msall.


  53. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 1:52 pm:

    ===Just to sum up: there are no registered Democrats, and no registered Republicans, in the state of Illinois.===

    The most misunderstood fact of Illinois politics.

    Rauner is up 10 points… in a poll.

    Rauner was up 20 points in a poll too.

    Brady was up in polls too.

    With a Dopey explanation of economic governance, a lack of a Ground Game, and the GOTV shown by the Dems for Quinn, anyone want to bask in that 10 point lead?


  54. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 1:56 pm:

    Rauner is defn a saboteur.

    :)


  55. - Norseman - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 1:59 pm:

    === I cannot wait for the react from Msall. ===

    I doubt Msall will provide any meaningful criticism. That might be inconvenient for the wealthy one.


  56. - girllawyer - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 2:00 pm:

    Steve, I’m thinking that Wordslinger’s point was that in Illinois one doesn’t register as a Democrat or a Republican. The only time you need to identify “your” party is when you choose a primary ballot.


  57. - Steve - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 2:00 pm:

    -wordslinger-

    My bust, I concede technical defeat on this one.


  58. - Name Withheld - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 2:01 pm:

    The next budget will show a bunch of saving from switching to GEICO.


  59. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 2:05 pm:

    As much as I dislike Quinn, this is a pathetic effort from Rauner. Vallas will literally tear this to shreds without effort (although frankly Demoralized’s analysis already does that…)


  60. - Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 2:05 pm:

    I cannot wait to read the Tribune editorial board’s tortured defense of this one.


  61. - LincolnLounger - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 2:06 pm:

    The important point is that Illinois is a very blue state, Steve.

    The problem is that tons of Democrats, particularly downstate and in the suburbs, have had it with Quinn.

    If Rauner ever gives them a reason to vote for him, Quinn is in trouble. This “plan” does not seem to accomplish that in my eyes. But then, I don’t have 20 million to put behind it on media and make it look like a real “plan”.

    All of us insiders know this is phony, but how will it look with a few weeks with 1200 points behind it on televisions across the state?

    The end result for me is that it is just another cynical ploy by the Rauner campaign to alienate this die-hard Republican voter.


  62. - Goooner - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 2:06 pm:

    GOTV would matter if Rauner was up four.

    While the GOP doesn’t have much of a track record for polling, I don’t think GOTV is all Quinn needs.

    Quinn is nobody’s first choice. As such, he’s got to get the message out that Rauner hates women, children, dogs, and poor people. And he needs to convince voters that Rauner is just as likely to give contracts to well connected friends as Quinn is. Quinn has to show that Rauner is also going to waste their money too.

    If Quinn can get voters to believe that, he’s got a chance.

    If Quinn keeps bumbling around, no GOTV operation is going to make the slightest difference.

    You can’t get out votes when they are not there.


  63. - Macbeth - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 2:08 pm:

    The media is ignoring this and instead reporting the tiresome “early” poll showing Rauner with a 10 point lead.

    I suspect the backlash about this will prompt a hasty “next steps” policy conference from Rauner on Monday or Tuesday. I’m sure the campaign is looking as a way to frame this as “merely preliminary”.


  64. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 2:11 pm:

    Rauner just sabotaged his credibility. Ka-boom.

    Any idea why he made this splendid announcement next to Midway?


  65. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 2:13 pm:

    ===GOTV would matter if Rauner was up four.===

    Rauner was up as much a 20 some were saying Primary Night, and how did that go.

    How was the measuring of Drapes by Brady?

    It matters, Rauner has alienated unions, teachers specifically, and state workers, and Republicans like me.

    It’s a sophomore analysis. It’s the lesser of two evils that GOTV will expose who has more lessers


  66. - Dan Johnson - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 2:16 pm:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2pt2-F2j2g


  67. - Archiesmom - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 2:16 pm:

    And he just ticked off the whole underfunded and overworked state judicial system by calling $40 million to the Supreme Court a waste.


  68. - Goooner - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 2:16 pm:

    Oswego,

    Sure Brady was up, but then Quinn hit him hard on abortion.

    Heck, I admit I don’t trust GOP polling. They are not very good at it.

    But unless Quinn changes his approach, he’s not going to get close enough for GOTV to matter.


  69. - Mighty M. Mouse - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 2:17 pm:

    ===Blago could be the template for success. He was elected twice.===

    Word, I agree with you except I think the fact that Blago so recently pulled that off but then got a lengthy vacation in the big house will make it harder for Rauner to pull off the same trick. I essentially think this old saying is true even of Illinois’ electorate: “once bitten, twice shy.”


  70. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 2:18 pm:

    ===Any idea why he made this splendid announcement next to Midway?===

    (Snark)

    Catching “Rauner 1″ to head to…

    NYC
    West Palm Beach, FL
    Montana Ranch..,

    Personally, I think it’s to wish a fine “Bon Voyage” to “Slip and Sue” Samguinetti, via Southwest Airlines to STL, and keep her in “Plummer Mode” downstate, but I’m sentimental that way…


  71. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 2:29 pm:

    –Any idea why he made this splendid announcement next to Midway?–

    Jonesing for a mixed pierogi platter, golabki, latkes and Stawskis at the Karolinka Club. Special appearance by Eddie Korosa Jr.

    Just don’t let Evelyn on the dance floor.


  72. - Just Saying - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 2:30 pm:

    To insiders, Rauner’s announcement bordered on inane. But does Joe Sixpack know the difference? I doubt it.


  73. - Chicago Guy - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 2:32 pm:

    What do want to bet that if he is elected Gov, he won’t be driving to and from Springfield on a regular basis?


  74. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 2:33 pm:

    ===Karolinka Club===

    Is the Baby Doll Polka Club still in business?


  75. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 2:34 pm:

    OK Pat.
    You got your ammunition.
    Go out there and show voters what kind of a governor you are.

    Rauner has set the bar and it is an easy one to clear. Make sure you have everyone’s attention when you clear it. Better, beat Rauner’s budget projections.

    What Quinn has to do now is show everyone that he can beat Rauner when it comes to Shaking up Springfield and resolving the budget fiasco we currently face.

    Voters would approve of the Governor making this faux Rauner budget a major reason they need to stick with him. Governor, you have the opportunity to get rid of that lead he has in the polls and keep him there.

    Don’t go amateur, please. Don’t go for the typical crap passing for debate!

    Be a governor, Governor!


  76. - Wally - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 2:38 pm:

    Rauner probably was up 15+ right before the primary, until the dems GOTV for Dillard


  77. - Walker - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 2:41 pm:

    “I’ve identified $1Billion savings in waste and fraud in state government.”

    “But most of them are completely wrong, others have already been taken, others are Federal not State-driven, others are capital funds not cash as implied, and even then they don’t add up to anywhere near a $Billion. This is a fraud, a prank.”

    Which message plays best at the polls?

    In this economy and public mind-set, the first one.

    Question: Does Rauner even want to know the truth about the state budget? Even in secret, so he has a chance in advance of doing the job? Cannot he get some real input from former state budget experts?

    I sure hope he’s better than this “budget announcement” implies.

    He was better off keeping his mouth shut on this one.


  78. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 2:41 pm:

    –Is the Baby Doll Polka Club still in business?–

    No. The Karolinka is in the old Baby Doll location.


  79. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 2:47 pm:

    –Better, beat Rauner’s budget projections.–

    There’s a budget projection here?

    As required by the Constitution, Illinois governors propose a budget every year. Big, big books full of ciphering and fancy economic projection learning.

    Your obliviousness to that is just so bizarre.


  80. - Been There - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 2:47 pm:

    ======Karolinka Club===
    Is the Baby Doll Polka Club still in business?===

    I am pretty sure Baby Doll is now Karolinka.


  81. - Six Degrees of Separation - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 2:55 pm:

    By some weird logic, this may actually be brilliant. The minions who need to hear “cut waste, pork and fraud” hear enough words to stay on their happy path, and the people who are fearful of real cuts can look at this and reassure themselves that nothing drastic is going to REALLY happen.


  82. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 2:55 pm:

    I gotta get out more.


  83. - MrJM - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 2:55 pm:

    It’s a “plan” in the same way that “lose 30 pounds” is a “diet”.

    – MrJM


  84. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 2:55 pm:

    ===What Quinn has to do now is show everyone that he can beat Rauner when it comes to Shaking up Springfield and resolving the budget fiasco we currently face.===

    Rauner made no claim to solving anything, and further to that, calls are being made to Rich to tell him this is a first step.

    I dunno what you think Rauner rolled out, but there is nothing to “clear”, heck I am not even clear what it all meant.


  85. - Jimbo - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 2:55 pm:

    Everyone who said Quinn’s campaign shouldn’t have been harping on his failure to release a budget should apologize. They brilliantly forced this error. I can’t believe Rauner’s team was duped so easily. They come off like amateurs… Which they are.


  86. - Wensicia - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 2:59 pm:

    The sad thing about this, Rauner was probably reading a script authored by his “people”.


  87. - Langhorne - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 2:59 pm:

    Half of his blueprint points have nothing to do w exeutive budgeting or perogatives.

    Half of his “$1 bil” in savings is unspecified actions at CMS.

    A quarter of his “$1 bil” in savings is medicaid actions already underway.

    I took public finance taught by kustra. He would give this an F.

    Where are the heavy hitters on a financial advisory committee willing to stand behind this? This is a fail put together by campaign kids, not budget professionals.


  88. - Hit or Miss - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 2:59 pm:

    Totally underwhelming in my opinion. Far too little in savings and far too little in detail in the CMS section. If Rauner achieve the goal of a tax cut and increased spending on schools he needs to cut billions, not millions, more out of the rest of the budget.


  89. - Norseman - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:02 pm:

    === But does Joe Sixpack know the difference? I doubt it. ===

    Probably true, but the folks who will buy this piece of garbage have already bought into the Raunervich candidacy. The target for the “plan” are those who want to see specifics before making a decision. This cohort may be a little more astute.


  90. - The Prince - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:03 pm:

    $65 to drive to Springfield? Clearly coming from a man who does not pump his own petrol. Also, whatever happened to Eddie Korosa, Jr. and the Boys from Illinois?


  91. - Walker - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:04 pm:

    Cross and Judy BT are all in on combining their two State offices?

    The real potential savings are less than $3Million best case,(same separate job functions, new location) and they were separated in the name of fiscal control and anti-corruption reform.


  92. - lbj - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:05 pm:

    The Rauner clown car has officially arrived. We’ll see if PQ’s press team can say more than it is a prank and specifically sight where Rauner made mistakes. There is a lot of ammo here that lends itself to be more than being a “prank”.


  93. - Ahoy! - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:09 pm:

    The blue print is pretty phony, although, I’m pretty sure if you get some quality administrators you can save around $1 billion with good management which we haven’t had it since 1998.

    Bruce Rauner probably could have just said that, while it would gotten some complaints for not being specific, I think most reasonable people would believe it.


  94. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:09 pm:

    –Also, whatever happened to Eddie Korosa, Jr. and the Boys from Illinois?–

    Nothing. They’re still active.


  95. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:12 pm:

    So is Durkin putting this in bill form? Did anyone ask how many votes the Rs will put on this?


  96. - Langhorne - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:13 pm:

    Live chickens? Seriously, or did i just step in some snark? After quinnochio…..


  97. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:16 pm:

    Wow, they really did have live chickens at the presser.

    You know, that can be spun a lot of different ways…..


  98. - ChinaTown - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:16 pm:

    ==We’ll see if PQ’s press team can say more than it is a prank and specifically sight where Rauner made mistakes.==

    The statement above suggests anything but. Seriously, what’s their message?


  99. - D.P.Gumby - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:21 pm:

    The biggest success for this is that now no one can say that Brucie has never released any policy statements. Now Brucie can claim he has!!


  100. - jerry 101 - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:21 pm:

    One thing about Demoralized’s comment on overtime:

    If you replace overtime with more fulltime workers, it normally will cost you quite a bit more than it did to pay someone time and a half for OT.

    Because of the benefits - pension and medical care costs for another FTE usually cost more than paying someone a 50% premium on their normal hourly rate.

    So eliminating OT and hiring more FTE’s will likely result in greater, not lesser, costs.


  101. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:24 pm:

    Schrimpf: [jogs out to the podium to break up the news conference] Excuse me, but what the heck is going on out here?

    Bruce Rauner: Well, Evelyn’s scared because she might slip and fall here. We need live… ‘We’ really need live chickens?
    [Schrimpf nods]

    BR: . We need live chickens to take the focus off these Dopey talking points, and nobody seems to know what to get Kim and Kanye for their wedding present.
    [to Slip and Sue]

    BR: Is that about right?
    [Slip and Sue nods]

    BR: We’re dealing with a lot of ‘baloney’.

    Schrimpf: Okay, well, uh… candlesticks always make a nice gift, and uh, maybe you could find out where Kim’s registered and maybe a place-setting or maybe a silverware pattern. Okay, let’s fool one or two! Go get ‘em.


  102. - Chicago Publius - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:28 pm:

    Really, Brooke? “Billionaires THAT want to be governor”? Are you seriously telling us that you haven’t learned the difference between “who” and “that”? Come on. Your headline looks like it was written by a 10 year old drop-out.


  103. - jerry 101 - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:32 pm:

    I wonder what running a state like a business would actually look like?

    For starters, you wouldn’t be eliminating much waste. I’ve seen very few businesses that didn’t engage in a ton of waste and inefficiencies. If anything, there are more opportunities for waste and inefficiencies in a business than in a government because there isn’t the same kind of oversight that government is subject to. I can’t just FOIA documents from, say, GTCR.

    So, how would this state as a business work? For starters, I think that tax rates would go sky high. Fees too. After all, businesses exist to make as much money as possible. So, the state would have to start turning a profit. Bigger is better. You’d have to give top management an incentive package as well, so that the Gov and his peeps could get paid for increasing net income. What happens when people leave the state in droves over the high taxes and fees? Dunno. Top management will take it’s golden parachutes and jump. Who cares about long-term viability? Quarterly results are all that matter.

    All those expensive “services” would have to be pared back, or fees would have to be charged. Need to report a crime to the cops? That’ll be $100. Educate your kids? $8,000/semester. House on fire? $5,000 and up.

    Pretty quickly, the state should start making massive profits. Not sure where that money should go, maybe a bonus for the Governor.


  104. - olddog - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:39 pm:

    === BR: We’re dealing with a lot of ‘baloney’. ===

    Tastes like chicken …


  105. - RNUG - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:43 pm:

    I know we all like to beat up on CMS for overcharging, feather bedding, etc. (heck, I used to when I worked for the State) but they do a number of necessary functions in government and some of their actions actually do result in overall savings compared to having each agency do it on their own.

    Looking at Rauner’s claims of $517M in emergency procurements and $163M in sole source, I have to say the services were apparently needed, so they would have been bought anyway … maybe cheaper, maybe not. I seriously doubt that $680M could be reduced by more than $100M; I can’t begin to tell for sure with the minimal detail provided.


  106. - Precinct Captain - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:44 pm:

    The hubris of this guy: I’ve always been successful so my magic success will make things work now! But according to him he hasn’t managed a thing in his life (at least when a controversy pops up) and he’s not analyst, so he doesn’t think critically and analytically about things. He’s just a salesman and he’s selling junk.

    How did Rauner put this “plan” together? He probably tried to play with the Crain’s budget calculator and found out it doesn’t actually work anymore, thus he had to make up some fantasy numbers.


  107. - Soccermom - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:50 pm:

    Did he mention anything about closing loopholes? i think we should close loopholes. Why don’t we ever close loopholes? Did anybody ever try to close loopholes?

    loopholes. that’s the ticket.


  108. - Soccermom - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:53 pm:

    On the issue of the live chickens…

    Maybe someone told him he needs a budget geek to help him out with all this policy stuff. So somebody on his staff googled “geek,” found the original meaning and ordered up a crate of chickens?

    If that’s not it, then I’ve got nothin’…


  109. - Kyle Hillman - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 4:49 pm:

    Get Rauner a copy STAT! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154297573025038&l=ddc55872d3


  110. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 5:00 pm:

    Jimbo:

    I apologize.

    And I am sure that if Team Quinn had any idea that Rauner was dumb enough to put Quinn in charge of strategy, they would have started a long time ago.

    What does it say about Dillard that this is the winning campaign?

    Team Quinn, please accept my apology!!’


  111. - Arthur Andersen - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 7:44 pm:

    To put a point on RNUG’s point about CMS, CMS doesn’t spend a ton of money itself. Most of its spending is either on behalf of other agencies, from all funds, through it’s purchasing activities or by activity funds that bill agencies for rent, computer services, etc. So, if Team Rauner finds waste in the State Garage, hypothetically, a dollar of savings may only get back 30-40 cents of GRF, as other funds make up the balance of Garage Fund revenue. Saving tens, let alone hundreds of millions by eliminating emergency/sole source procurements is even more specious because 1) even Team Rauner can’t eliminate things like bad weather by fiat 2) some things really only have one source of supply-asking for bids may raise the price and 3) a large percentage of those procurements occur in agencies beyond the Governor’s control, e.g. Universities. I don’t think he wants the Pension Funds to put their Private Equity and Hedge Fund deals out for bid, though.


  112. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 10:32 pm:

    Update #3 hits the nail on the head.

    “Things will be different because I am Bruce Rauner.”

    Nixon never had a “secret plan” to win the war. He believed things would be different simply because he was Nixon.

    “New leadership will win the war.”

    If Rauner had any sense at all, he would be personally begging the Old Guard to send him their top policy people.


  113. - wordslinger - Friday, Jun 13, 14 @ 12:52 am:

    Yeesh, what a disaster of the first major “policy announcement.”

    Dude’s going to have to stay behind the living room curtains for a while to let it heal before he ventures out again.

    Monique and Rick gave him a pretty good beating in the Trib. But check out the milquetoast headline:

    “Rauner offers some ideas on cutting costs”

    Swell. All it will take is a smile and a shoeshine for the Great Salesman.

    –Asked by reporters how he would be able to put in place some cuts that have been discussed for years and discarded, Rauner replied, “I’ve been successful at everything I’ve ever done.”==

    Done and done.

    Should be in bed but came across “The Last Waltz” on cable.

    Haven’t seen it for years. Just got done with Neil Young, don’t know if I’ll make it to Dylan, but definitely up til the Staples.

    Pops, Mavis, and The Band were the only set piece for Marty. Brilliant.

    “The Last Waltz” was a side project for Marty while he struggled with blow and creative block til “Raging Bull.”

    Jesus, what an artist.


  114. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jun 13, 14 @ 7:08 am:

    This is probably the one time I would excuse “Slip and Sue” if she would have been smart enough NOT to be there.

    Amateur hour.

    Unless Bruce is on a script, or in a commercial, or doesn’t have to answer any questions, Bruce is just a rich guy, bored, with no new ideas, but willing to spend any amount of money to be relevant to the discussion… of fame.

    I am glad AWillyWord Con$ulting doesn’t have to “own” this idea, but in reality, none of us would have suggested it.

    That speaks volumes.


  115. - Walter Mitty - Friday, Jun 13, 14 @ 7:38 am:

    Rauner is lucky for this… It’s June… We are the only ones paying close attention and there is time to correct. I also want to say to all the negative comments about the chickens. I have an inside scoop. Those chickens are going to be relocated by Rauner at his expense to Montana. When his next blueprint is released in October, it will be surrounded in a field of chickens. They will be served at the inauguration dinner. The cost savings to this state will be millions. So I want to be the first to thank Mr. Rauner. Very well played, all these dopes here don’t get the plan….


  116. - EK - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 3:18 pm:

    Back to the BabyDoll Polka Club. Sold the building 2004. Still Polka-ing ! www.eddiekorosajr.com


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