Rauner: Bad government only thing keeping Illinois down
Illinois is “blessed with every natural resource — except good government,” Gov. Bruce Rauner concludes in an editorial published recently in Crain's Chicago Business.
Rauner takes the General Assembly to task in the article for passing a 32 percent tax increase rather than enacting any of the reforms he had demanded, leading led him to veto the measures that make up the new state budget. His vetoes were quickly overridden.
The Republican governor said he was voted into office two years ago as part of a movement to take Illinois down a new path in government.
“It was time to hold elected officials of both parties accountable for the culture of corruption and cronyism that has created economic stagnation and a fiscal crisis,” Rauner writes. “It was time to enact reforms that can unleash the potential of our economy and ensure that Illinois is a state where our children and grandchildren can thrive.”
All hope is not lost, however, Rauner maintains.
"We cannot give up on an Illinois where all children receive an excellent education regardless of their ZIP code; an Illinois that cares for those in need; an Illinois that promotes an open economy where immigrants and entrepreneurs can realize their dreams; an Illinois where anyone who works hard can find rising wages and expanding opportunities; an Illinois where people want to lay down roots and raise families," he writes.