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Democratic leaders want to hit reset button on Illinois’ budget negotiations

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Democratic leaders want to hit reset button on Illinois’ budget negotiations

CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says it’s time to hit “reset” on state budget talks. The Democrat on Wednesday called on Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner to offer a new spending plan after Rauner vetoed much of what legislative Democrats sent him for the July 1 fiscal year. Cullerton predicts ramifications, like another […]

Democratic leaders want to hit reset button on Illinois’ budget negotiations

CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says it’s time to hit “reset” on state budget talks.

The Democrat on Wednesday called on Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner to offer a new spending plan after Rauner vetoed much of what legislative Democrats sent him for the July 1 fiscal year.

Cullerton predicts ramifications, like another credit downgrade, will come quickly without a budget.

Most of the public disagreement during lawmakers’ unproductive overtime sessions has been between Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan. The Democrat says many of Rauner’s proposed agenda items are “extreme.” Rauner wants business-related reforms before a budget and largely blames Madigan for the impasse, saying he could negotiate better if only dealing with Cullerton.

“Rather than moving our state backward to the failed tax-and-spend policies of the past, we urge President Cullerton to work with us to pass meaningful structural reforms to change the fiscal trajectory of our state,” Rauner said in a statement.

But Cullerton dismissed that notion at a Chicago news conference Wednesday, saying Rauner isn’t negotiating with him.

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