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Rauner says state budget 'worse than discussed'

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SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois' Republican governor-elect said he's finding the state budget is "worse than has been discussed" as he learns more about it.

Bruce Rauner said he's spending Tuesday and Wednesday at the Capitol in Springfield. He is meeting with lawmakers and budget experts to get a better handle on the budget situation.

Rauner said he has been surprised to learn details of a $35.7 billion budget passed by lawmakers in May that didn't allocate enough money to cover agency expenses.

Outgoing Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn's assistant budget director Tuesday noted that the governor proposed a different budget praised by bond rating agencies and has called the one approved by lawmakers "incomplete."

Rauner campaigned on a pledge of lowering taxes. He says he plans to "discuss solutions in the coming months."


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