CHICAGO (CBS) — A respected budget watchdog group has come out with a sharply critical analysis of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s fiscal plan for Illinois.
The Chicago-based Civic Federation said Rauner’s plan relies on billions of dollars of projected savings which “do not appear achievable or prudent in light of the State of Illinois’ obligations and long-term policy objections.”
Civic Federation President Laurence Msall said about $3 billion of Rauner’s proposed cuts are penny-wise, but pound-foolish.
“The most keenly being the cuts to the community care for the developmentally disabled, and mental health services,” he said.
The federation also expressed concerns about reducing local governments’ share of income tax revenue.
“The Civic Federation is concerned that if the state attempts to address its financial crisis, but puts a greater burden on the local governments, it will be a hollow victory,” he said.