The Illinois House is once again pushing a stopgap spending plan. A house committee has approved a plan to devote more than $800 million to higher education and human services. The money would be taken from two state special state funds that are designed to help education and human services. Governor Rauner had a familiar take, saying no reforms, no stopgap.
Representative Greg Harris says the two special funds have about 800 million dollars sitting in bank accounts gathering dust. More than two-thirds of the money in the bill would go to higher education, the remainder would go to human services. More than half of the higher education money would go to grants for needy college students. Social service dollars would be devoted to domestic violence shelters that were left out of last year's stopgap budget.