Thursday, February 16, 2017 10:24 AM
After hearing Governor Rauner's speech to the General Assembly, Senate President John Cullerton provided caucus members with an analysis of the governor's 2018 budget proposal late yesterday. Prepared by Senate Democrats' Policy and Budget staff, the analysis looks at the increases, cuts and gaps in the budget.
The governor's proposal estimates revenues for 2018 of $32.7 billion and $37.3 in spending. It relies on the Senate's "grand bargain" plan -- still under negotiation -- for $4.6 billion toward that gap.
Given this unbalanced proposal, senators will question the governor's budget director Scott Harry in the Senate Appropriations I and II Joint Committee Hearing. Harry insisted the budget presented is balanced.