Following Governor Rauner’s State of the State address today, Illinois Federation of Teachers
(IFT) President Dan Montgomery
released this statement:
“The State of Illinois has been around for 200 years. We’ve had a budget for 198 of them. Democrats and Republicans worked together before. The only difference now is Bruce Rauner.
Today’s speech made it clear that Governor Rauner has accomplished very little in the last two years. He has held Illinois hostage, vetoing budgets that don't meet his unpopular, political demands and driving our state downward into chaos. Look no further than our higher education system.
Governor Rauner has called his approach ‘leverage.’ We call it irreparable harm and a failure of leadership.
Tying the budget to anti-worker reforms is not only wrong, it's unnecessary. We can ask the most wealthy to pay their fair share and close corporate loopholes to help fund our state without harming working people.”