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During an appropriations hearing Tuesday committee chair Senator Heather Steans says lawmakers didn’t change the appropriations levels, but the acting secretary of the Department of Human Services, Greg Bassi (bass-ee), says there wasn’t enough cash to pay the grants that were appropriated.

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Republican lawmakers characterized the hearing aS political theater because the funding problems were created by democrats. Other grant funding that has been suspended includes addiction treatment programs, and immigration services, some of which could be eliminated moving forward into the next fiscal year.

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