Lawmakers, Rauner's office discuss daycare funding shortage, budget - KMOV.com

Lawmakers, Rauner's office discuss daycare funding shortage, budget

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's office are discussing solutions to a shortage in state funding for a subsidized day care program.

Illinois' Department of Human Services is short about $300 million to fund the program through June 30. Day care providers say that they could run out of money soon.

The governor is asking the Legislature for wider authority to manage the budget by reallocating money from other areas.

But some Democratic lawmakers say he's making the day care issue a political football.

The problem comes from the $35.7 billion budget lawmakers passed last spring. The plan didn't allocate enough money for expenses while a debate on extending the state's income tax increase was pushed off. Rauner says he doesn't want to raise taxes to fill the gap.

For more on Rauner's budget proposal, click here.

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