Governor Bruce Rauner has vetoed a proposal to fund community colleges and a grant program that helps students pay for college.
Illinois Democrats approved a plan last month that would provide $324 million to community colleges and $397 million to the Monetary Award Program.
Rauner though said the plan would “explode the state’s budget deficit” and “exacerbate the state’s cash flow crisis.”
GOP lawmakers have said the proposal is an empty promise because Illinois doesn’t have a state budget. Democrats want a tax increase and spending cuts to rectify Illinois’ multibillion-dollar deficit, but Rauner says he won’t support a tax increase without reforms.