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Bruce Rauner's "short-term pain" approach bringing long-term harm in education, jobs

Jan 21, 2016
OPINION

Governor Rauner is taking Illinois down a dangerous path with his cavalier talk about “short-term pain” being necessary for “long-term gain.”

We’re about to end our 7th month without a state budget, and in recent media interviews the governor has used this language as a way to argue that pushing his agenda is more important than working with lawmakers to reach a budget agreement.

But it’s not clear the pain he’s helping to inflict would only be short term. Take the impact of the lack of a higher education budget, for example. By failing to fund state colleges and universities, as…

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