Rauner Unveils Cost-Cutting Measures, Quinn Camp Reacts

Jun 13, 2014

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s re-election campaign is ripping into his Republican opponent’s plan to save the state money.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner proposed 10 things he’d do as governor.

Those include cuts to the Attorney General and Comptroller’s offices. He also called a few construction projects recently approved by the legislature "wasteful spending."

Rauner repeated a common campaign theme.

"We cannot tax our way out of our problems. That is the most essential issue. Pat Quinn’s answer to virtually everything is to raise taxes more," Rauner said.

Quinn has said he wants to keep the income tax rate at 5 percent.

It’s supposed to go down next year.

Brooke Anderson - a Quinn spokeswoman - says most of Rauner’s ideas are either old and failed, or are really Quinn’s ideas, repackaged.

"I think it’s really an insult to the people of Illinois who’ve been waiting for more than a year to get a real, substantive budget plan from this candidate for governor," Anderson said.

Anderson says Quinn has already cut the budgets of state offices.

For his part - Rauner says he’ll present more ideas in the coming weeks.