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Rauner again refuses to comment on transportation lockbox proposal

Tuesday, Sep 27, 2016

* Illinois Public Radio

Voters will decide if the state should put constraints on money raised through license plate fees and motor fuel taxes … by forbidding that money to be used on other needs.

Governor Bruce Rauner won’t say whether it’s a good idea or not.

“I, definitely have always had a view on it … I’m just not going to comment on it.

A well-funded campaign backed by (both) business and labor (groups) is calling on voters to choose “yes.” They say too much money intended for roads has been swept for other uses … and this will keep roads and bridges safe. Critics say it’s writing a gravy train for contractors and labor unions into the constitution. They also say it will leave lawmakers hamstrung to make budgeting decisions.

* Tribune

“There’s a lot of pluses and minuses to it,” Rauner said when asked about the transportation question Monday. “There’s a lot of things I’m focused on, but that’s not one.”

- Posted by Rich Miller        

17 Comments
  1. - Honeybear - Tuesday, Sep 27, 16 @ 11:04 am:

    Yeah, you’re not focused on because you need those funds to be able to run the state government during your next created crisis.


  2. - Sir Reel - Tuesday, Sep 27, 16 @ 11:11 am:

    Rauner once again demonstrates his leadership.

    Not.


  3. - Earnest - Tuesday, Sep 27, 16 @ 11:12 am:

    >“I, definitely have always had a view on it … I’m just not going to comment on it.

    Surely all have caught on by now that it’s about his actions and not his words.


  4. - GA Watcher - Tuesday, Sep 27, 16 @ 11:14 am:

    Is Governor Rauner being non-committal out of deference to Mike Z?


  5. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Sep 27, 16 @ 11:15 am:

    –“I, definitely have always had a view on it … I’m just not going to comment on it.”–

    Huh? What job do you think you were elected to? Chief Twitter Restaurant Reviewer?


  6. - Thoughts Matter - Tuesday, Sep 27, 16 @ 11:22 am:

    The voters’ concerns should matter to him in choosing what to focus on. The voters don’t seem focused on his Turnaround Agenda. Maybe he shouldn’t be either.


  7. - Thoughts Matter - Tuesday, Sep 27, 16 @ 11:24 am:

    Adding.. This is the item up for a vote this fall, not the things he is focused on.. Governing, not campaigning. Please.


  8. - Not Rich - Tuesday, Sep 27, 16 @ 11:25 am:

    The life of the idle rich…


  9. - @MisterJayEm - Tuesday, Sep 27, 16 @ 12:26 pm:

    “There’s a lot of pluses and minuses to it.” — Bruce Rauner, Governor of Illinois (2016)

    “This is a very complicated case, Maude, you know — a lotta ins, a lotta outs, a lotta what-have-yous. And, uh, a lotta strands to keep in my head, man. Lotta strands in old Duder’s head.” — The Dude, The Big Lebowski (1998)

    – MrJM


  10. - Rabid - Tuesday, Sep 27, 16 @ 12:47 pm:

    To many pluses and minuses don’t add up thank goodness he don’t have to multiply


  11. - AC - Tuesday, Sep 27, 16 @ 12:53 pm:

    The “See ‘N Say The Rauner Says” never goes off script.


  12. - AC - Tuesday, Sep 27, 16 @ 12:54 pm:

    Wrong thread, sorry.


  13. - IllinoisBoi - Tuesday, Sep 27, 16 @ 12:56 pm:

    Sorry, I don’t have time to think about the lockbox issue. I’m focused on whether to wear a tie or wear jeans or wear my leather biker vest and what flair to put on it.


  14. - RNUG - Tuesday, Sep 27, 16 @ 1:43 pm:

    Gov Rauner: if they start locking funds up in lockboxes, I won’t be able to keep shuffling the cash around until you can’t keep track of it like I used to do in my private businesses. But I can’t publicly say that or people would think I have an agenda for that money, so I’ll just say I don’t have an opinion. /s?


  15. - Dr X - Tuesday, Sep 27, 16 @ 3:02 pm:

    Wouldn’t this be good Rauner? Money gets stuffed into the box and then he can run around sayin’ - well now we have to cut schools and unions and services cuz the lockbox can’t be breached. It dries up the fundin’ and he can say he is for growth and transportation.


  16. - RNUG - Tuesday, Sep 27, 16 @ 9:51 pm:

    == well now we have to cut schools and unions and services cuz the lockbox can’t be breached. ==

    He can run around saying it, but once you start pigeonholing things, it will become crystal clear there is way too little revenue for the desired services … and something will have to change;either less services or more taxes.


  17. - Late to the Party - Wednesday, Sep 28, 16 @ 6:56 am:

    == once you start pigeonholing things, it will become crystal clear there is way too little revenue for the desired services … and something will have to change;either less services or more taxes. ==

    Maybe that would be a good thing.


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