* The governor often claims to have pared back his infamous Turnaround Agenda, going as far back as May of 2015. So, this comment from yesterday isn’t really a new thing…
“I got it down to basically five things now, from 44,” Rauner said. “And we can, you know, throw out one or two. It has to be significant. It has to send a message to job creators that it’s a new day in Illinois, come to Illinois.”
* What is somewhat new is this…
Rauner on Tuesday indicated he was willing to consider other options for alleviating the revenue lost by a property tax freeze.
“I’m willing to change it in whatever way we can get done with the General Assembly,” the governor said. “There’s no one way that it has to be. What we’ve got to do is bring down property taxes. There’s various ways to do it. More local control of bargaining, bidding, contracting is one way. Reducing the number of units of government and government consolidation helps. There’s a lot of different ways to do it.”
“I’m open,” Rauner said. “I want to be flexible.”
If that’s true, then it would eliminate a very problematic bone of contention. Click here to read “The Mother of all Poison Pills” if you need a refresher.
* Raw audio. His property tax comments start at about the 5:30 mark..