After a full year in office, most of it without a balanced budget from lawmakers, Illinois’ governor says the number one issue is growing the economy.
Republican Governor Bruce Rauner says he has accomplished a lot: saving taxpayers millions in government operations, increasing funding for early education, and what he says are innovated new contracts with over a dozen employee unions that includes merit pay. However the governor says he’s disappointed lawmakers haven’t come together to bring about structural reforms.
While the governor says growing the economy is most important, Speaker Michael Madigan has said the number one issue is solving the budget deficit. Rauner has been at odds with a Democrat supermajority in the General Assembly who have, for more than six months, not passed a budget with revenues equal to spending.