Greising: Pritzker’s Budget Is a Big ‘Never Mind’ After Years of Bold Talk

Last November, after Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s “fair tax” proposal failed, the first-term governor warned of trouble ahead. Never mind all that. Gov. Pritzker’s $41.6 billion budget, delivered Wednesday, did not contain the deep cuts to education, social services and public safety he had foretold.

Governor J.B. Pritzker speaks during his primary election night victory. (Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

BGA President David Greising writes every other week for the Chicago Tribune Opinion section.

Think of this as the “never mind” budget.

Last November, after Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s “fair tax” proposal failed, the first-term governor warned of trouble ahead. It would take deep cuts to government budgets, or else a steep hike to income taxes, to make up the lost revenue, he said.

Never mind all that. Gov. Pritzker’s $41.6 billion budget, delivered Wednesday, did not contain the deep cuts to education, social services and public safety he had foretold. There was no tax hike either.

Part of the reason may be that, when it comes to major economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic so far, we can never mind much of that hype too.

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