* One reason why the Democrats are so loathe to cut a deal with Gov. Rauner on his non-budgetary demands is that they figure he’ll just come back at them next year with another set of major demands. From the Tribune…
Gov. Rauner has long said he is not pushing a “right-to-work” agenda for Illinois, but when speaking to a friendly crowd Friday at the Illinois Manufacturers Association’s annual luncheon, Rauner said the idea was only off the table “for now.”
“Our labor regulations, while all the states around us have gone right-to-work, that’s killing a lot of employers,” Rauner said. “I’ve taken that off the table, for now anyway, in the spirit of trying to get a deal.”
Rauner is currently pushing a less aggressive version of right-to-work, which allows local governments and school districts to decide what gets collectively bargained and whether or not to pay prevailing union wage rates on public projects.
That effort, along with a number of other items on Rauner’s legislative wish list, has held up action on a budget for state government since the new financial year began July 1. Rauner told the manufacturer’s group that he had always expected the budget fight to drag into the new year, and said it could be months still before a deal is made.
“When I started this process, I thought we’d probably have a compromise in the fall,” Rauner said. “That was my original, when I started last January, I thought we’d have a compromise in the fall. It looks now most likely January to April.”
The Sunday Spin podcasts: State Rep. Ron Sandack of Downers Grove, the House GOP floor leader, said an agreement to end the Springfield stalemate may not come until April, after the March 15 primary elections.
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