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Civic Federation report opposes Rauner budget, offers recommendations

May 09, 2017

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s recommended budget for the 2018 fiscal year neither provides a detailed plan to close the state’s $4.6 billion operating deficit nor does it address the massive unpaid bill backlog, according to an annual report released Tuesday by the Civic Federation.

The Chicago-based tax policy and government watchdog group’s Institute for Illinois’ Fiscal Sustainability says it opposes the governor’s plan because it “relies on uncertain savings, one-time revenues,” as well as the passage of the Senate’s “grand bargain” budget package, the fate of which remains unknown.

Laurence Msall, president of the Civic Federation, called the inability of Rauner…

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