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In year two of his term, Illinois’ governor hopes to find taxpayers cost savings, but says the real fix to the state’s fiscal crisis is growing the economy.

Governor Bruce Rauner Says he’s already saved taxpayers $700 million in state agencies through various efficiency measures.

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The governor also says taxpayers could save if government rethought how it purchases things, though he didn’t elaborate. As for making up the budget deficit, the governor says lawmakers should pass pro-growth policies.

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Because lawmakers failed to pass a balanced budget, court order and consent decrees have the state on pace to spend $4 billion more than it expects to bring in this fiscal year.

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