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Governor Bruce Rauner Rejects $4 Billion Social Services Funding Bill

Posted by wlpo on June 10, 2016

Calling it a “check written from an over-drawn bank account,” Governor Bruce Rauner has rejected a bill that would’ve given money to social service agencies and providers who have been hurt by the budget stalemate.

The bill would have given nearly $4 billion dollars to groups that have not received funding in nearly a year. However, according to the governor, the vast majority of that money would have come from “general funds that the State does not have.”

Rauner vetoed the stop-gap measure and asked the General Assembly to work instead on passing a complete and balanced budget for 2016 and 2017. He said that would provide the social service agencies with “real funding, not empty promises.”

Illinois is quickly approaching a full year without a state budget.

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