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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David Greising

David Greising is the president and chief executive of the Better Government Association, joining the BGA in 2018. For nearly a century, the BGA has fought for honest and effective government through investigative...