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Rauner’s 2018 Illinois budget requires decoder ring to find “balance”

Feb 16, 2017

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s FY 2018 Illinois budget contains $4.6 billion more in spending than the state will take in, yet he insists it’s balanced.

For the third year in a row, what should be a simple math exercise — make the spending match the revenue — instead becomes a Rubik’s Cube of hypothetical actions, economic philosophy and political calculus.

Though it spends $37.3 billion on projected state revenue of $32.7 billion, the administration says its proposed budget is balanced because it contains a $4.6 billion line item called “Working together on ‘Grand Bargain'” that would fill the hole. In…

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