On Referenda, Rauner Refers to “Failure of Leadership”

On Referenda, Rauner Refers to “Failure of Leadership”

The Republican nominee for governor isn’t against including non-binding referenda on the ballot, but he’s not exactly for them, either.

Several are being proposed by state legislators, dealing with the minimum wage, the  temporary income tax increase, and a proposed tax on millionaires. Rauner says these are
questions lawmakers should answer.

“These advisory referenda are fine. You know what, the reality is, it’s a failure of leadership
in Springfield to come up with real solutions,” Rauner said. “These toothless referenda really don’t mean much.”

The House has already approved the referendum on minimum wage and the millionaires’ tax. Both require Senate approval, but even if they’re approved by voters, the General Assembly won’t be under any obligation to take action on those issues.


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