While Budget Games Continue, Rauner Administration Initiates Steps to Deal with Madigan-Cullerton Deficit

While Democrats play budget games, Rauner Administration initiates steps to deal with Madigan-Cullerton deficit. House Speaker Michael Madigan, Senate President John Cullerton and their caucuses passed a budget for the 2016 fiscal year beginning July 1 that is nearly $4 billion in the hole.

This latest broken Madigan-Cullerton budget comes on the heels of a Fiscal Year 2015 Madigan-Cullerton budget that was more than $1.5 billion out-of-balance when it was passed. Governor Rauner and House Republicans worked diligently to eliminate the Democrats’ $1.5 billion budget deficit without raising taxes, and the State is now projected to end the year with a balanced budget.

With the upcoming Madigan-Cullerton budget deficit more than double that of last year, a mid-year solution is not a possibility this time. The Rauner Administration must immediately begin taking steps to manage state spending. While the Administration is committed to managing the Madigan-Cullerton budget responsibly, because their budget includes no reforms, the options available to the Administration are limited.

“Speaker Madigan, President Cullerton and the politicians they control refuse to act responsibly and reform state government,” Rauner Spokesman Lance Trover said. “It is time they come to the table with Governor Rauner to turnaround Illinois.”

Please visit The Caucus Blog to review the steps the Rauner Administration is initiating in order to begin balancing the phony Madigan-Cullerton budget. Many additional steps will be announced as they are finalized.

After the majority Democrats passed budget bills for FY16 that are almost $4 billion out of balance, Speaker Madigan and Senate President Cullerton gaveled their respective chambers into recess and left town. By parliamentary maneuvers, called “motions to reconsider,” the Democrats stopped their flawed budget bills from being sent to Governor Rauner for final action. Insiders described this move as forestalling the vetoes that Governor Bruce Rauner would otherwise have issued.

House Republican Leader Jim Durkin immediately labeled the Democrats’ budget bills a fake budget that points to the need for real reform.