Emanuel says Rauner has “wasted” his term
Tuesday, Jun 28, 2016
* Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel…
* However, please allow me another little rant.
The state currently has $8 billion in past-due bills. That stack would be a whole lot bigger if higher education, social services, etc. were funded over the past year. Illinois doesn’t have a budget for this fiscal year (which ends Thursday) or next. The income tax hike partially rolled back 18 months ago and nothing has replaced it, and nothing likely will until after the election - if then.
And yet, our state’s leading Democrats seem fine with increasing state K-12 spending by $860 million?
I happen to believe strongly that the state should help CPS out. But a 30 percent spike in their general state aid cash and another $100 million for their pensions when the state can’t get its act together enough to bring in more revenues or make huge cuts to pay its own bills?
It’s time for some realism here.