Governor Bruce Rauner has announced more contingency plans if the state does not have a balance budget by July 1st. The $420 million in cuts includes less funding for Amtrak and suspending the Tobacco Quit Line should a spending plan not be in place as the new fiscal year starts. Governor Bruce Rauner also says he will not agree to a short term budget.
Other cuts would suspend some capital projects. The State is also warning vendors that their payments may further be delayed.
The full list of cuts would suspend the following:
-capital projects, including construction at state facilities, schools and colleges (road projects would not be affected)
-operations at the World Shooting Recreational Complex near Sparta. The site would be closed and not available for events
-funding to county fairs for premiums and fairground rehabilitation projects
– funding for agricultural extension and 4-H clubs for premiums at agricultural shows
-funding for the University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service
-funding to the Soil and Water Conservation Districts
-funding for small firefighting and ambulance equipment grants
The cuts would also reduce funding for job training programs and suspend funding to legislative earmarks for job training.
Amtrak funding would also be reduced.