Budget coalition urges Rauner to embrace new revenue

Advocates for more spending on education and human services are urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to embrace higher taxes and a balanced state budget on the eve of his annual budget presentation.
    
The Responsible Budget Coalition held a state Capitol news conference a day before the conservative governor is scheduled to present a budget plan for the year that begins next July 1. Rauner continues to differ with Democrats controlling the Legislature over a budget that should have started last July 1.
    
Bruce Carter is director of Wells Center in Jacksonville. He says the lack of a state budget has forced the substance-abuse treatment center to end prison-diversion programs with five counties.
    
Richetta Harris-El says she had to give up child care for working families because the program isn’t being funded.

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