Rauner spokesman rips Illinois Democrats for ‘broken’ budget

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A spokesman for Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is criticizing Illinois Democrats for proposing a 2016 budget he describes as “broken.”

Majority Democrats on Monday proposed legislation for a roughly $36.3 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
House Speaker Michael Madigan says Democrats acknowledge their plan calls for about $3 billion more in spending than the state anticipates in revenue. He says Democrats are willing to work with Rauner to raise taxes to fill the budget gap.

Rauner has said he won’t support a tax increase until Democrats approve pieces of his legislative agenda. They include term limits for lawmakers and freezing property taxes.

Rauner spokesman Lance Trover says Madigan and other Democrats are “refusing to compromise on critical reforms” the state needs.

But Madigan responded that he didn’t think it was “appropriate” to attach non-spending demands to the appropriations process, and pointed to the governor’s press release Monday as an example of non-budget issues that aren’t appropriate for the budget-making process.

He said the most important thing for the governor and the Legislature to do right now is to prepare a spending plan