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Why a "balanced" Illinois budget won’t actually be balanced

Feb 18, 2016

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Creating a balanced Illinois budget doesn’t mean what you think it does

In his budget address yesterday, Gov. Rauner for called for a balanced budget. However, this does not mean the same thing in government as it does in the real world.

Let’s take a look at how Gov. Rauner and the legislature “balanced” the 2015 budget, without raising taxes or cutting benefits and services.

In essence they balanced the budget by shifting money from one pocket to another—specifically moving money from non-budgeted funds to budgeted funds.

Illinois’ budget law calls for only six funds, like the general and education funds, to…

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