Illinois governor pitches budget as 'responsible' path after years of 'financial recklessness'

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SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — Gov. Bruce Rauner says his budget is a responsible path after years of "financial recklessness."

The Republican delivered his first budget address on Wednesday. He says the state has been living beyond its means by spending money that taxpayers can't afford.

Rauner wants to make deep cuts and is outlining a plan to fix the state's massively underfunded pension system.

He says the state needs to start on a "responsible path after years of financial recklessness."

Rauner's plans will be a tough sell in the Legislature, where Democrats hold veto-proof majorities in both chambers.

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