SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed the majority of the state budget plan cobbled together by majority Democratic lawmakers, setting the stage for a possible shutdown of many state services.
The governor blamed House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton for sending him a spending plan that is nearly $4 billion short on revenue.
“For too long, the State of Illinois has made spending promises that exceed available revenues, relied on accounting gimmicks to make budgets appear balanced, used borrowing and cost deferral strategies to push costs into the future, and delayed payments to vendors,” Rauner said in a veto statement.
Although Rauner on Wednesday approved a budget measure to increase state funding for education, on Thursday he vetoed 19 other budget bills sent to his desk by Democratic lawmakers.
Facing a June 30 deadline to approve a budget plan for fiscal year 2016, Rauner said “the surest way to do that is by enacting structural reforms inside government and economic reforms that stimulate our economy and bring new jobs to Illinois.”
Rauner’s budget vetoes drew a swift rebuke from key Democratic lawmakers.