A special Illinois House budget panel asked for the governor’s definition of “non-essential spending.” Democrats didn’t like the answer. The governor’s budget director was once again questioned by lawmakers over the decision to suspend $26 million in grants to human services programs. Tim Nuding said the programs cut don’t necessarily reflect Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget priorities, but State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) argued otherwise.
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“Doesn’t mean the governor doesn’t think particular areas are not important, but having a balanced budget is a constitutional requirement,” Nuding said.
“We understand the governor supports business because I think last week there was $100 million in tax credits given out to various businesses,” Harris said.
Nuding said those credits, first approved by Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration, have no effect on the current budget.
Democrats on the panel formally requested a list of the grants the administration chose not to suspend, as well as written criteria for picking which programs were cut.