Watchdog warns blaming Rauner ignores state’s structural problems

From Illinois News Network:

While Gov. J.B. Pritzker blames the previous governor’s administration for an expected $3.2 billion deficit in the coming fiscal year, a public finance watchdog said the state’s financial problems are larger than any single administration.

Pritzker’s administration put out a report Friday titled “Digging Out: The Rauner Wreckage Report.” Deputy Governor Dan Hynes wrote the report, which said the past four years under Rauner showed that “failure and ideological warfare in Illinois state government create a mess that will take years to put behind us.”

Wirepoints President Ted Dabrowski said that left out some simple facts.

“What’s clear is that the wreckage happened long before Rauner and has been on a downtrend for decades, and while things certainly got worse under Rauner, there’s no doubt this place was a wreck before that,” Dabrowski said.

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