- Published: 22 March 2017
During the past few weeks, the Illinois Senate has been holding subject matter hearings with state agencies under the governor’s control to determine where, if possible, they can cut expenses to bridge a $5 billion gap in Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget.
Time and time again, the agency directors failed to offer any cuts they could make to balance the governor’s budget.
The governor’s allies insist his budget is balanced. My question to them is this: If Gov. Rauner proposed a balanced budget, why hasn’t he filed legislation for lawmakers to review and vote upon?
Under Article 8, Section 2 of the Illinois Constitution, the governor must submit to the General Assembly a budget which “shall set forth the estimated balance of funds available for appropriation at the beginning of the fiscal year.”
Rather than doing his job and presenting a balanced budget, the governor wants the legislature to give him the unilateral, unchecked authority to make whatever cuts he wants to fill his $5 billion gap.