With Democratic support, Governor Bruce Rauner’s (R) reforms, including collective bargaining, pensions and workman’s comp, will finally be part of the negotiations, putting the state closer to a budget compromise.
Govenor Rauner, House Speaker Michael Madigan, and other party leaders returned to the negotiation table on Tuesday. They agreed on three reforms Governor Rauner has been pushing from the start.
Speaker Madigan (D) agreed to move the governor’s reforms forward. That’s, of course, with opposition from within his party. He is, so far, making appointments to a new non-budget Issues Working Group which the governor requested to be formed. The group will work on tying those reforms into the budget.
Republican leaders and the Senate president say they’re pleased with Tuesday’s meeting. Governor Rauner indicated he’s supportive of using revenue from a state tax increase to balance the budget.
The Senate president says another meeting between the party leaders could happen as early as next week. The Constitutional deadline to pass a budget is May 31 for the 2017 fiscal year.