[Bumped up to Friday for visibility.]
* The Tribune’s Kristen McQueary has defended Gov. Rauner time and time again over the past two and a half years. She even said not long ago that she sometimes “felt as an editorial writer that I was telling stories that his people should’ve been telling.”
But she just broke with him bigly on his amendatory veto…
When Illinois legislators return to Springfield to address school funding reform, they should override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto of the bill or pass a new version with a veto-proof majority.
In summary: Rauner botched this one.
The governor has not made, and cannot seem to make, a compelling case for the breadth and scope of his changes to a bill that represented a decade of research on a broken school funding formula. Instead he has delivered only mixed messages and tumult.
Rather than use a scalpel on the bill as he and his education secretary, Beth Purvis, signaled he would do, Rauner used a cleaver. […]
Continually, Rauner’s focus seems to be at the wrong end: protecting wealthy school districts from losing what they have instead of advocating for low-income school districts and what they need.
She’s absolutely right about this one all the way through.
Best. Team. In. America™.