* For the umpteenth time, Gov. Rauner said this again today about Speaker Madigan…
A year ago he was clear that what he wanted to do was a tax hike without reforms starting back to 5 percent for the income tax and go up from there.
That’s not what Madigan said…
“A good place to begin, good place to begin would be the level we were at before the income tax expired,” Madigan said, referring to the 5 percent individual income tax rate and 7 percent corporate tax rate set in 2011 as part of a four-year temporary tax hike.
“And starting there, you can go in whatever direction you want to go,” Madigan said.
* The SJ-R’s Bernie Schoenburg called Rauner out on it today. Their exchange…
Bernie: He said up or down. He said a starting point and then you go up or down from there.
Bernie: You keep saying he did it one way, but he said something different than what you say.
Rauner: Income tax hike without reforms.
Bernie: Is your administration OK with 4.75 percent because that’s been reported?
Rauner: A year ago he said he wanted to do an income tax hike without reforms, without reforms. And, now he’s not talking about that, in fact he’s trying to go like this on new revenue. And he’s just saying ‘Let’s just do a budget like we’ve done seven times… What were those seven? What were those seven? Do you know? Have you asked? What were those seven? Those seven were all stopgap, short-term, incomplete spending plans. That’s what they were. And they didn’t include any reforms. We can play word games if you want, it’s a waste of time.
Progress, I suppose, but notice how the governor avoided that last question?
* Raw audio…