Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Alliance Legislative Report (99-37)

GOVERNOR PRESENTS BUDGET MESSAGE
As the state is in the middle of the eighth month of the fiscal year with no budget in place, Governor Bruce Rauner delivered his annual Budget Address today before a joint meeting of the Illinois General Assembly. Stating that 2016 cannot be a repeat of the budget failures of last year, he laid out two options from which the legislature must choose to implement a budget.

Option one, the governor’s preferred choice, would have the legislature reach a compromise with the governor’s office on a mixture of budget cuts, fiscal reforms, and increased revenues to approve a balanced budget. The reforms would include some of the components of, or at least a portion of components of, Governor Rauner’s “Turnaround Agenda.”

Option two would be for the legislature to approve a general budget along with legislation to give the governor authority to make cuts where he feels it is necessary in order to balance the budget.