Gov­er­nor to law­mak­ers: Save bud­get veto

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

CHICAGO — Gov. Bruce Rauner im­plored law­mak­ers Wed­nes­day not to over­ride his veto of a pro­posal to end Illi­nois’ un­prece­dented bud­get im­passe, calling the plan that in­cludes a large in­come tax in­crease a “disas­ter” that will not solve the state’s many fi­nan­cial prob­lems.

“This is not just a slap in the face to Illi­nois tax­pay­ers. This is a two-by-four smacked across the fore­heads of the peo­ple of Illi­nois,” he told re­porters at a bar on Chicago’s far South Side, not far from In­di­ana. “This tax hike will solve none of our prob­lems. In fact, in the long run, it will make our prob­lems worse, not bet­ter.”

The first-term Repub­li­can, who has been dead­locked with Democrats con­trol­ling the Leg­is­la­ture since tak­ing of­fice in 2015, said he would do “ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble” to per­suade House law­mak­ers, who are set to take a vote to­day. That in­cludes 15 House Repub­li­cans who broke ranks and voted in fa­vor of the mea­sure last week­end.

Law­mak­ers have been in ses­sion for two straight weeks. On Tues­day, the Se­nate sent a $36 bil­lion spend­ing plan to the gov­er­nor funded with a per­ma­nent 32 per­cent in­come tax in­crease. Rauner rapidly ve­toed it, only to have the Demo­cratic-con­trolled Se­nate just as swiftly over­ride him.

AP/G-JUN YAM

Illi­nois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks dur­ing a news con­fer­ence Wed­nes­day in Chicago.

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