The blame game is being played at budget hearing for the Illinois Department of Human Services. When Democrats in the Illinois Senate grilled the department’s acting director Monday over the $400 million in cuts being proposed for the next fiscal year, State Sen. Matt Murphy (R-Palatine) pointed the finger back at them, saying it’s the majority party that’s to blame for the shortfall necessitating services be cut in the current year’s budget.
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“The Senate Democratic caucus wants to leverage this issue and push this debt into next year, and they’re using you as political pawns in the process,” Murphy said.
“Senator Murphy, please move ahead,” said State Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago).
“I mean somebody’s got to speak the truth in this room,” Murphy said.
Murphy pointed out that outside of one discontinued grant, no programs in the department have been cut since Gov. Bruce Rauner took office, though many will likely receive reduced funding or be discontinued in the next fiscal year.