Republicans continue to push for a measure they say is needed during the budget crisis by allowing the governor to manage the state’s resources.
The Unbalanced Budget Response Act would allow the governor to make cuts and sweep funds in the upcoming fiscal year to fund higher education and tuition assistance grants. While Democrat leaders have said the governor could use his line-item veto authority, Governor Bruce Rauner said Monday that won’t solve the state’s problems.
Rauner said there are also court orders that are off limits without giving him the extra authority.
However Democratic Senator Daniel Biss said in a news release Friday a quote “better approach would be for him to propose a balanced budget of his own, with a clear spending plan and adequate revenues to pay for it.”