Governor Bruce Rauner announced more budget control steps on Wednesday, the first day of the new fiscal year in Illinois.
Despite being very critical of the practice as it was previously done under Pat Quinn, the GOP Governor is borrowing more than $450M from special state funds. Rauner – making good on a previous announced promise – has grounded the fleet of state aircraft that are commonly used to provide travel for lawmakers between Springfield and Chicago.
Rauner also took action on several bills in the last twenty-four hours. The Governor is using his power of amendatory veto to block funding for state lawmaker pay raises, which were to have taken effect today on the first day of FY2016. Rauner says that the state can’t afford raises for its legislators, who are already among that nation’s highest-paid.