Despite his highly touted proposal to increase education spending, the budget Governor Bruce Rauner talked about on Wednesday is another attack on Illinois working families.

The governor is getting positive attention from those narrowly focused on his plan to increase early childhood education and general state aid to schools by $130 million, even though he forgot to tell where the money would come from.

While the governor avoided details throughout his speech, he was very specific about the education spending bill he wants to see.

“No matter how this session unfolds, send that education bill to my desk, clean, no games, and I’ll sign it immediately,” Rauner said during his budget speech.

What the governor means by “clean, no games” is a bill not tied to any other spending, such as the funding of social service agencies that provide assistance to the families that send children to our schools.

IEA President Cinda Klickna said separating education from the rest of the budget means the governor is continuing his “divide and conquer approach to governing.”

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She noted that teachers also rely on the help provided to children through day care services, autism services and health-care programs.
“We can’t operate an education system without the support of the services that support families,” she said. “If those services are lost, educators have to do more and that takes time away from academics. You can’t have a standalone budget on one item in the state.”

The governor’s call for “no games” is interesting, since he has refused to develop a budget for the current fiscal year until the legislature passes his very unpopular, anti-family “Turnaround Agenda. That demand will apparently remain in place for the next non-budget year.

A few hours after the speech, more budget details were revealed, including the news that Illinois higher education institutions had not suffered enough.

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Another blow could be struck today, if the governor follows through on his promise to veto SB2403, the bill that would release funding for the MAP grants so many students rely on to pay college expenses. Of course, many colleges rely on those students’ grants as well.

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217-782-0244 or 217-782-6830 (Springfield)
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