Rauner To Pin Budget Message On Education

Feb 17, 2016
Originally published on February 16, 2016 8:16 pm

Education may once again receive special treatment from Republican Governor Bruce Rauner. He's set to unveils his plans for the state budget later Wednesday.

Rauner is in an unprecedented position: he's required to present a plan for a new, balanced state budget when Illinois is eight months into its current fiscal year without one and is running a $6 billion deficit.

But a document from Rauner's office shows he'll again propose a windfall for pre-K through high schools.

The governor's office claims the funding bump will lay the foundation for reform of how Illinois funds schools -- a priority for leading Democrats -- though it's unclear how.

The short memo doesn't say where Illinois will come up with the extra one-and-a-quarter billion dollars. There's no mention of new taxes or other new revenue.

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