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The Majority Report 02/17/17 - Disaster plan: Rauner budget unbalanced by billions

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Pressure builds for Senate to bail out Rauner

Pressure builds for Senate to bail out RaunerGov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday unveiled a budget at least $4.6 billion out of balance that relies on the success of a Senate grand bargain to save the state’s finances.

A deeper dive into the plan showed it actually may be unbalanced by more than $7 billion, according to analysts including the governor's own budget chief.

The Senate’s closely watched comprehensive budget plan could be voted on when lawmakers return to Springfield the week of Feb. 28.

Read the Senate Democrats’ full analysis of the governor’s budget outline.

On Thursday, Senate Democrats asked the governor’s budget chief to defend the unbalanced proposal. From the Chicago Tribune's report on that hearing:

Meanwhile, at the Capitol, Senate Democrats spent hours dismantling Rauner's budget proposal, hammering administration officials about the exact size of the plan's multibillion-dollar deficit.

By the end of the contentious hearing, Rauner budget director Scott Harry acknowledged the spending plan is $7.2 billion out of whack without various savings and revenues built into the proposal that rely on changes in law which are far from fruition.

Senate Democrats had a lot to say about the governor’s plan:

 


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