Rauner: Shutdown Worth Pain If It Brings Change
Gov. Bruce Rauner says a partial state government shutdown is worth the pain if it brings fundamental change to business and politics in Illinois.
The Republican told reporters Tuesday morning that "change is hard ... but we need to have change.''
Rauner addressed workers at the Illinois Emergency Management Agency one day before the state begins a new fiscal year without a budget agreement.
He told reporters Tuesday morning that Illinois needs "structural reform.”
“Change is hard," he said. "Change is hard. Change was always going to be hard, but we need to have change. If all we do is keep the status quo, and if all we do is just raise taxes to cover up the status quo, we’ll continue in our long-term, slow decline.”
Rauner insists on changes he says will make it cheaper to do business and to free politics from corruption before agreeing with the Democratic-controlled legislature. Democrats say it's more important to have a budget in place so state services aren't interrupted.
The Illinois House later Tuesday plans to hear testimony from agency officials about preparations for a disruption in state services because of the budget impasse.