Home of the whopper
Monday, May 14, 2018
* Gov. Rauner at the Kemp Forum…
Whew. He sure packed a lot of unchalleged hooey into those two comments. Where to begin?
The governor’s first three budgets were not balanced. Period. He knocked the Senate’s “Grand Bargain” negotiations off the tracks more times than I could count, even though he was getting much of what he wanted. He didn’t sign the budget last year because it was funded with a tax increase that he said he opposed, even though they implemented the new tax rate he suggested. And then he used every dime of that new tax hike revenue to “precariously balance” his current budget proposal.
* And, for the umpteenth time, this is what Madigan said in 2015…
The governor also didn’t “save” any money by blocking a tax hike. Instead, he cost taxpayers over a billion dollars in interest on unpaid bills, almost forced some universities to go belly up, starved social service providers out of existence and kicked untold thousands of the most vulnerable Illinoisans to the curb.
* As far as Madigan wanting more deficit spending to create a need for another tax hike, that would require some mind-reading. However, Madigan has long tried to keep programs on starvation diets, pushed spending off, neglected pension payments, etc. for years (decades) until a tax hike became absolutely imperative.
Notice, though, that Gov. Rauner didn’t answer Charles’ question.