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Senate president says Rauner's proposed budget hurts working people, math doesn't add up


SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — State Senate President John Cullerton says Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget hurts working families and Illinois' most vulnerable residents.

The Republican governor outlined a spending plan Wednesday that tackles a multi-billion deficit with cuts to Medicaid, pension costs and other programs while increasing funding for schools and hiring more prison guards.

Cullerton — a Chicago Democrat — said in a statement that the cuts will hurt working families and others by cutting access to health services, child care, affordable college and retirement pensions.

He says the $2.2 billion Rauner expects to save from pension changes isn't realistic. The Supreme Court is reviewing one pension overhaul to determine whether it's constitutional. He says Rauner's plan banks on "phantom savings" from a plan that might be approved.

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