* On child care…
“The failed status quo in Illinois is hurting taxpayers and the state’s long-term fiscal health,” said Rauner spokeswoman Catherine Kelly.
* On local government funding…
“Gov. Rauner is working hard for local governments because his agenda allows them to more easily make decisions that best serve their communities, unlike the status quo,” Kelly said in an email.
* On the state’s bond rating…
“Governor Rauner continues to fight for structural reforms that will put the state on a path to fiscal health, but the legislature continues to protect the failed status quo.”
* On the governor’s tenure to date…
“The people of Illinois understand that status quo is broken and the supermajority in charge of the legislature are blocking any real reforms.”
* From the twitters…
I could go on, but you get the idea.
* Wordslinger in comments today…
“Status quo” is defined as “existing state of affairs.” So that would be today, October 28, 2015.
The “status quo” includes:
– runaway, historic FY16 deficit.
– abandonment of social services.
– squeezing of universities to the point of possible closing.
– stiffing Illinois businesses that contract with the state, resulting in layoffs, drawdowns of cash reserves and addition of debt.
– starving municipalities of dedicated revenues.
– running a fraudulent state lottery scheme.
I’m sure I’ve missed some.
But no, the “status quo” is not acceptable.
Neither is the willful political strategy that caused it, all in the service of an agenda in which no data-driven fiscal or economic benefits have ever been articulated.
The question now is when does the governor own the “current” status quo.