Illinois lawmakers are hoping the full Assembly will go along with Gov. Bruce Rauner's changes to a law designed to get more fruits and vegetables onto the plates of needy families across the state.
Rauner said he likes the idea of opening up more farmers markets to residents with LINK cards, but he partially vetoed legislation that would do just that.
Rauner said the law would have allowed bureaucrats to keep almost 40 cents of every dollar.
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The bill's chief sponsor, State Rep. Mike Tryon, R-Crystal Lake, said that's a legitimate worry.
"His concern was the amount of administrative costs, so that was taken out," Tryon said. "We're also going to try and get a firmer number on what the cost would be to set this up for small farmers markets."
Rauner also lowered the amount of money in the legislation to fund the program, from $1 million to $500,000.
State Rep. Tim Butler, R-Springfield, said everyone agrees on the good that farmers markets can do and hopes lawmakers agree on Rauner’s changes.
"This piece of legislation is a solid piece of legislation that leverages federal dollars that are out there to get people on Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program benefits to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables."
Democrats in the legislature have been hesitant to agree to many of Gov. Rauner's changes in the past.