Comptroller looks forward to honest discussion
SPRINGFIELD, IL â€“ Illinois Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger released the following statement Wednesday in response to Gov. Bruce Raunerâ€™s Budget address:â€œToday Governor Rauner offered a much-needed comprehensive approach to our stateâ€™s budget and fiscal challenges. For the last decade state government has consistently spent more than it took in, borrowed money that it didnâ€™t have and â€˜balancedâ€™ the budget with accounting tricks. Today the consequences of those actions are coming due.
â€œI appreciate that the Governor delivered his budget proposal to the General Assembly without delay, providing the maximum amount of time for much debate before moving forward with the best financial plan for our state and its taxpayers.
â€œWhile there will be plenty of disagreement in the weeks and months ahead, it is abundantly clear that Illinois must change the way it does business and I am heartened to see a thorough approach to our fiscal issues. The Governorâ€™s proposal provides a solid starting point for discussion.â€