Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R-IL) said he wants a permanent solution to the state’s budget situation and that he didn’t want to go with the stopgap plan.
Rauner said he wants the General Assembly back in Springfield before November, which is when it’s due back in session. He wants to hash out a deal now. Rauner says the longer the state goes without a budget, the more it’ll owe in interest.
“The super majority leaders have said no real votes on a balanced budget or reforms until after the election,” said Rauner. “They’ve made it crystal clear. So, we agreed. I didn’t want to do a stopgap, that’s not the right answer. The right answer is a balanced budget with reforms and doing it now, not after November.”
Rauner is also concerned that if more democrats win seats in the election, it’ll make it even harder for a budget deal to get passed.