The Legislative Black Caucus is urging the governor to rethink his budget proposal. State Sen. Kimberly Lightford (D-Maywood) sums up the feelings of the caucus on the governor’s recent actions on the current budget and his proposal for next year. “It’s really, really, really, really, really, really, really bad,” Lightford said. “There are some other words I’d like to say instead of that.”
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Lightford says she hopes to persuade the governor to reconsider the proposed cuts to Medicaid, human services, higher education, and public safety programs. In the short term, State Sen. Jacqueline Collins (D-Chicago) says the governor must make amends with legislators angry over the $26 million in grants he suspended during the legislative break.
“I know when people disagree strongly, they can work together effectively, but what’s needed is a level of trust,” Collins said.
Collins says the bond of trust between Rauner and lawmakers has “unraveled” because of the suspended grants.