Illinois Lawmakers Override Budget Veto, Ending Two-Year Stalemate
CHICAGO – After more than two years of political training, missed payments to creditors and falling credit ratings, Illinois made Thursday that most states do it every year. Finished a budget.
However, some state legislators and officials have managed to end the long stalemate of the state budget in the nation’s modern history, but there is at least one eminent critic and inflexible.
Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Republican who has clashed with the Democratic lawmaker since taking office, has vetoed the spending plan that includes a tax increase.
The governor has doubled his displeasure, although at least 10 members of his own party have joined the Democrats to override this veto, ending the stalemate.
“This is a two to four hit on the Illinois town front,” he said, this week, begging the Republicans to argue with him. “This tax increase will not solve any of our problems and, in fact, in the long run, this will aggravate our problems.”
The narrow cancellation of the veto in the state House, with exactly 71 required votes, ended a stagnation that has lasted so long that Illinois had dropped $ 15 billion in accounts and was warned its credit rating could Fall into the category of garbage, worse if any other state.
It was a defeat for M. Rauner, a former private equity executive who had never held a political position before the promise to “shake Springfield” and was elected governor in 2014.
As a conservative crusader in a democratic state with deep financial woes and one of the most underfunded pension systems in the country, he attacked public sector unions, demanded to limit politicians’ mandates, and called for changes to the durable pension system .
Now he is the second governor of the central region in recent weeks, with Sam Brownback of Kansas, to deal with an alternative supported by some in his own party.
In Kansas, where Republicans control the legislature, fellow Ms. Brownback turned against his tax cut philosophy last month. In both states, at least some Republican lawmakers have sent a message to their fiscally conservative leaders: they have reached their limit.
The Illinois result has raised questions about the political future of M. Rauner, now abandoned by former allies and apparently surrounded by growing growth of aspiring Democratic governors – including some with prominent names such as the Pritzker and Kennedy.
Among the supporters, Mr Rauner’s fierce opposition to a tax increase, unless it included other elements of his agenda – freezing property taxes, reducing workers’ compensation, statute of limitations – was seen As an example of a collision with the agreement of principles with crushing pressure. He also unveiled a point of discussion for the 2018 campaign against Democrats who crossed the stage.
“No one wins the next round on a tax increase,” said Pat Brady, former chairman of the Illinois Republican Party. “The governor went ahead.”
For critics – including some Republican lawmakers who challenged him – Mr Rauner’s position was seen as a reflection of his refusal to acknowledge that state finances had disappeared and his unwillingness to consider a compromise.
Some have referred to “The Undesired Governor,” suggesting that Mr. Rauner should be blamed if the state’s credit rating was degraded.