Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn called out his GOP gubernatorial challenger for being "too timid, too fearful to lay out a plan" for a number of state issues.
Although the legislatively-passed 2015 state budget does not extend the 2011 income tax hike as the governor requested, Quinn said he will keep his fight alive to make the tax increase permanent in order to properly fund education and additional programs. Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner wants to see the tax increase phase out as planned come January, but hasn't spelled out what he would do to make up for the revenue shortfall.
“I think the people of Illinois are with me when it comes to fighting hard for our kids in school, their parents and their teachers,” Quinn said during a visit to Jane Addams Elementary School in Chicago on Tuesday. “I’m the only person doing that. The other person is too timid, too fearful to lay out a plan to the people of Illinois.”
Rauner has not fleshed out the details about how he would, if elected, handle various matters such as pension reform and education spending.
Rauner spokesman Mike Schrimpf had this to say in repsonse to Quinn's criticism: “A strong bipartisan majority in the legislature rejected Pat Quinn’s tax hike because they know it will hurt working families. Quinn spent five years preserving a broken system and the result is another phony budget.”
Quinn, meanwhile, has been mum about whether he will sign legislation designed to overhaul two of the city of Chicago's pension funds. The governor has until Monday to take action on the bill, which is backed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Regarding the 2015 budget sitting on his desk, Quinn said he still needs to comb through it. He said the spending plan could see tweaks, adding “We know there is work to be done."