Chicago, IL (AP) – A new report says Illinois’ financial situation is so bad that the state would have to slash spending by more than 26 percent to balance next year’s budget through cuts alone.
This morning, the nonprofit group, Civic Federation released its proposed five-year plan for stabilizing Illinois’ finances.
The group says lawmakers’ delay in passing a balanced state budget means fixing the problem will take longer and require more dramatic measures.
Governor Bruce Rauner and the Democratic-majority Legislature have gone almost two years without approving a budget, causing Illinois to rack up $11 billion in overdue bills.
The group recommends Illinois limit spending growth and increase the individual income tax rate.