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Gov. Rauner hugely exaggerated state deficit, bill backlog today

Thursday, Apr 12, 2018

* Gov. Rauner today at an event

This ain’t rocket science. And we keep having unbalanced budgets. We still have an unbalanced budget, even though they overrode my veto on a tax hike last year. We’re still $3 billion dollars in a deficit. This is nuts. Totally nuts.

$3 billion?

* Gov. Rauner today during a press conference in his Statehouse office

I vetoed the budget because even after the tax hike it was still out of balance. We’re still running billions of dollars of a deficit. This is fiscal irresponsibility at its worst.

* OK, the Governor’s Office of Management and budget recently told the credit ratings agencies that the state will run a general funds deficit of $590 million this fiscal year.

However, because we’re now paying down the Medicaid bill backlog with bonding, one-time federal reimbursements are netting the state an additional $1.2 billion. Factor in one-time borrowing proceeds to pay off other parts of the bill backlog and subtract carry-over costs from last fiscal year’s unappropriated spending and it works out to be a $2.025 billion “surplus,” according to GOMB’s own figures. Yeah, that’s not truly a surplus, but it’s also not a $3 billion operating deficit. Not even close.

* Speaking of the backlog…



Yep. He did indeed say that.

* From that same GOMB report to the ratings agencies

By the end of FY18, the bill backlog is expected to be approximately $7.7 billion

That’s $200 million lower than it is today.

…Adding… From retiring GOP Rep. Steve Andersson, who voted for the tax hike and budget last year…

Well we know the Governor isn’t very good on facts, or accuracy or truth. I’m glad the facts are showing what we knew when we overrode him!

* The governor also said today that he was not insisting on his pension cost-shift proposal to schools and higher ed. As long as the final budget agreement is balanced, he said, he’ll sign it. That idea was just a placeholder anyway. He knew he couldn’t pass it, so it was basically designed to kick the can to the General Assembly.

And House Republican Leader Jim Durkin even admitted yesterday that his own caucus is “lukewarm” on the issue

So, they’re gonna have to find a way to patch that $630 million hole.

- Posted by Rich Miller   35 Comments      


It doesn’t look like much got done at the leaders meeting

Thursday, Apr 12, 2018

* Cullerton…



* From Speaker Madigan…

House Speaker Michael J. Madigan issued the following statement Thursday, following a meeting between legislative leaders and the governor:

“Today I advised the governor and the other leaders that we are already at work on the Fiscal Year 2019 budget with our colleagues across the aisle, just as we did a year ago when Republicans and Democrats stood together to end the Rauner budget crisis. If the governor is finally ready to accept responsibility for the management of the state and be an honest partner in trying to pass a budget, we welcome him to this process.

“In the past, Governor Rauner has resorted to severe cuts targeting women, children and the elderly. Democrats cannot accept this. If the governor’s agenda is to push more of his extreme cuts to health care, senior services, and resources for our most at-risk residents, or if he intends to again move the goalposts and create chaos, he should stay on the sidelines and allow serious leaders to continue working cooperatively to address the challenges facing our state.”

…Adding… The governor sent a letter to the leaders today asking them to appoint “budgeteers” so negotiations can begin. Click here.

…Adding… Senate GOP Leader Bill Brady said the “progress” today was two-fold: 1) The Democrats agreed to appoint budgeteers; 2) The Dems agree to certify a revenue estimate.

They coulda got that done by pony express.

…Adding… Raw audio of Cullerton’s media availability is here.

- Posted by Rich Miller   21 Comments      


*** UPDATED x1 - Rauner calls on Greitens to step down *** DGA wants Rauner to speak out about Greitens

Thursday, Apr 12, 2018

* Press release…

DGA Calls on Rauner to Renounce Greitens After Bombshell Legislative Report

Missouri Governor Appeared in Rauner TV Ad; New Report Accuses Greitens of Forced Sexual Encounter

Today, the Democratic Governors Association called on Bruce Rauner to renounce the endorsement of Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, following a Missouri House special committee investigative report that accused Greitens of a forced sexual encounter and attempt to blackmail his hairdresser.

Governor Bruce Rauner had Greitens appear in a television ad across Illinois. He has refused to renounce Greitens’ endorsement since the allegations first came to light, saying he wouldn’t take a position saying “those allegations need to be investigated.”

“The allegations have been investigated and it’s time for Bruce Rauner to do the right thing and call on Eric Greitens to step down,” said DGA Illinois Communications Director Sam Salustro. “Bruce Rauner should clearly say that this abusive behavior is unacceptable and renounce his political ally Eric Greitens.”

Some background is here. The full report contains some graphic stuff, so beware if you’re at work. Click here to read it.

…Adding… That Rauner ad is still online…



*** UPDATE *** Rauner wants Greitens to resign…



- Posted by Rich Miller   17 Comments      


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