Democrats are accusing Gov. Bruce Rauner of overstepping his authority on cuts to child care, supplemental Medicaid payments, and ambulance services.
The cuts come in the form of emergency rules at state agencies, such as raising eligibility requirements for the child care assistance program. The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules didn't have the three-fifths vote needed to suspend their implementation, with Democrats like State Sen. Don Harmon arguing managing state funds in the absence of a budget doesn't qualify as an emergency.
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"These emergency rules do not respond to a real emergency but they will create emergencies all over the state," Harmon said.
Several Democrats on the panel said at the Chicago hearing that the move is an "overreach" by Rauner, but State Rep. Mike Tryon (R-Crystal Lake) says the rules are necessary as the budget battle shows no signs of ending.
"The governor would be remiss if he didn't come and ask for some authority to be able to manage through what's becoming a crisis every day," Tryon said.
The Senate has already passed legislation to repeal the child care eligibility changes, which the Department of Human Services estimates will kick all but 10 percent of previously qualified applicants out of the program.