Democrats Grill Rauner Budget Boss

State Capitol – Democrats are expressing their displeasure with the Rauner administration over a move that some perceive as a double cross.

The legislature approved closing a $1.6 billion dollar hole in the current fiscal year budget.  Then on Good Friday Governor Rauner suspended $26 million in healthcare and social service grants. 

House Speaker Mike Madigan, (D) Chicago, set up an oversight committee to look into the administration's actions.  While apologizing for any miscommunication Rauner budget boss Tim Nuding told the committee the governor is striving for a balanced budget in the fiscal year starting July 1st.

“This budget hole is so dramatic that we have to look at just about every area of government,” Nuding stated Tuesday at the Capitol.  “Having a balanced budget is a constitutional requirement.”

Democrats warned similar actions in the future could cause problems for the governor's budget.

“I'll tell you this.  If we keep seeing these surprises moving forward like we saw on Good Friday that good will might not be there,” said Representative Fred Crespo, (D) Hoffman Estates.

Lawmakers are attempting to craft a budget before the end of May.

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