Tales of woe from day care providers and single mothers came with a warning of another kind. “This program has been managed into a crisis,” the governor’s budget director, Tim Nuding, told senators at a hearing on the Child Care Assistance Program. “This will not be the last crisis that comes before this committee in FY 15.”
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The current fiscal year ends June 30. Nuding and the rest of the governor’s team blame the Quinn administration for telling agencies to spend what they want as part of a plan to get former Gov. Pat Quinn re-elected and keep taxes up.
“We knew we started out with a deficit,” admits one of those day care providers, Cerathel Burnett, of the Carole Robertson Center for Learning in Chicago.
Senators were told most of the agencies in the Child Care Assistance Program from the Illinois Department of Human Services have one to two months’ worth of funding on hand. Rauner and legislative leaders are apparently negotiating some fund transfers and possible emergency budget authority.