* Bruce Rauner was asked yesterday whether he thought that education should receive more money from the state. His response…
“I do believe it should have a higher percentage coming from the state, yes I do.”
* He also said this…
“We should have billions of dollars every year as part of our budget process…(to) maintain and expand our infrastructure,” Rauner said.
Rauner said he can do this by ending diversions from the Road Fund. However…
The state puts gasoline taxes and vehicle fees into the road fund. Last year, a state audit found that $1.5 billion was diverted from the road in the 2012 budget year. Auditors, however, cited as diversions such items as $419 million in debt payments to cover previous construction projects as well as millions of dollars more salaries and benefits for workers involved in related project work.
In addition, $26 million in subsidies for the state’s Amtrak routes and nearly $18 million for the Regional Transportation Authority to cover reduced fares came out of the road fund that year.
* And, of course, there was his pledge this month to increase funding for IDNR.
And he’s gonna do all that how? By slashing taxes, of course.
Tell me another fairy tale.