Last week, Gov. Pat Quinn gave a speech announcing his plan to solve Illinois's budget crisis. Green Party gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney also released a comprehensive and extremely detailed budget proposal.
As for Bill Brady, the Republican on the ticket?
"It doesn't need to be put in legislation. It's not complex," Brady told the Chicago Tribune regarding his budget plan. He has repeatedly declined to give anything more than a broad-strokes outline of his budget proposals.
Brady has been critical of Gov. Quinn's proposal, especially the 33 percent tax increase that will allegedly prevent school budgets from being slashed. Many have described Quinn's portrayal of the tax hike as a false binary, saying that spending could be cut without holding schools hostage.
But for his own part, Brady's budget solution consists primarily of a 10-percent across-the-board budget cut. This solution has been criticized even by many in his own party, including former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar. If Brady's plan were to go through, it still would not solve the budget crisis: the state's annual spending is roughly $50 billion, so a 10 percent cut would only save $5 billion, or less than half of the massive $13-billion deficit.
Coupled with a tax cut Brady has proposed, it's unclear how the state senator's plan would balance the Illinois budget.
And whether he plans on clearing up his position is unclear. Thethe Tribune reports:
As he attacked Quinn's recent call for a 33 percent increase in the state's income tax--moving the personal rate from 3 percent to 4 percent--Brady also said he would not use his position as a state senator to sponsor his own budget plan.
... He has declined to offer budget specifics that go beyond those broad outlines.
"It doesn't need to be put in legislation. It's not complex," Brady said of his fiscal plans. "We're not going to play (the Democrats') game. They're all about politics and game playing."