I well remember Governor Dan Walker bragging about having gotten a budget passed in his first year in office.
He didn’t have much, if anything else to brag about.
Now, we have Governor Bruce Rauner in his third year in office offering the following reflection on the passage of the first budget of which he apparently approves:
Gov. Rauner statement on FY19 budget
Rauner promises swift action to enact bipartisan budget passed by General Assembly
SPRINGFIELD (May 31, 2018) Gov. Bruce Rauner today offered the following comment on the passage of the Fiscal Year 2019 budget:
“We started this year’s budget process with the common-sense goals of a full-year balanced budget and no new taxes. With this budget, we can come as close as any General Assembly and Governor in Illinois have in a very long time.
“It’s a step in the right direction, though it does not include much-needed debt paydown and reforms that would reduce taxes, grow our economy, create jobs and raise family incomes.
“The Fiscal Year 2019 budget is the result of bipartisan effort and compromise.
“We worked together to provide a budget to the people of Illinois that can be balanced, with hard work and continued bipartisan effort to deliver on the promises it makes.
“I’ll be taking action quickly to enact the Fiscal Year 19 budget into law.”