Pritzker Warns Of Statewide Budget Cuts, Layoffs If Congress Fails To Act

The governor’s $43 billion spending plan has been criticized by Republicans for relying too heavily on federal aid and borrowing.

Gov. JB Pritzker appears at a news conference in Springfield
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker appears at a news conference on May 22, 2020, in Springfield. The Democrat says Illinois is facing a $6.5 billion in losses during the pandemic, and the state could face 5% in cuts if Congress doesn't help. Justin L. Fowler / The State Journal-Register via AP, Pool
Gov. JB Pritzker appears at a news conference in Springfield
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker appears at a news conference on May 22, 2020, in Springfield. The Democrat says Illinois is facing a $6.5 billion in losses during the pandemic, and the state could face 5% in cuts if Congress doesn't help. Justin L. Fowler / The State Journal-Register via AP, Pool

Pritzker Warns Of Statewide Budget Cuts, Layoffs If Congress Fails To Act

The governor’s $43 billion spending plan has been criticized by Republicans for relying too heavily on federal aid and borrowing.

With no federal coronavirus relief deal in sight, Governor JB Pritzker is asking state agencies to prepare for a “nightmare scenario” of budget cuts: 5 percent this year and 10 percent next year.

Reset checks in with Laurence Msall of the Civil Federation for more on the state of Illinois’ finances.

GUEST: Laurence Msall, president of the Civic Federation