Rauner budget chief: Dems’ spending plan ‘unconstitutional’

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget director says a one-month spending plan proposed by Democrats is "unconstitutional" because it would lead to an unbalanced budget.

In a memo to Rauner Wednesday, Tim Nuding says that if the $2.3 billion proposal were applied over the full fiscal year it would spend $4 billion more than Illinois expects in revenue.

Nuding's assessment is the clearest indication yet that Rauner - and likely most Republican legislators - won't support the temporary budget when it's called for a vote Wednesday. That would make its passage highly difficult.

The Republican governor and Democrats were unable to agree on a budget before the new fiscal year began Wednesday.

Democrats say their plan would help avoid a government "shutdown" and ensure critical services, such as state police, continue.

 

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