Gov. Rauner Stays Quiet About His Recent Budget Plan
In the week since his budget address, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has done little to promote his plan or defend it from attacks by Democrats.
That’s a significant departure from last year. Back then, Rauner toured the state, highlighting his call for greater toured the state, highlighting his call for greater funding of public schools. This year, he took a ski vacation in Utah.
On Wednesday, Rauner made a brief speech at an education conference in Springfield. Afterward, he refused to answer questions from reporters.
The ski trip was reportedly to celebrate his birthday, but Rauner would not say which — until an aide told him, “You can answer how old you are.”
“She gave me permission,” Rauner said. “I’m 61.”
Rauner claims his budget proposal is balanced, but his statements assume he'll successfully close a $7.2 billion budget by negotiating with Democrats.