From the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board — … Rauner then confronted the assembled legislators and state officials with the greatest challenge facing Illinois: “We are losing the race for good paying jobs. And as jobs have moved to other states, we have a smaller tax base and less money to invest in education, infrastructure and quality of life here.”
Take that as his unequivocal answer to those who ask why Illinois has a budget impasse seven months into its fiscal year. Who ask why Rauner keeps pushing for structural reforms before he’ll agree to higher taxes. Who ask why he doesn’t just capitulate to the Democratic leaders who presided over the creation of this desperate situation.
You can boil Wednesday’s speech down to a nine-word answer from Rauner: Because Illinois has to grow more taxpayers. That’s why.
Read the full editorial here.