Bryant: Democrats Play Shameful Political Games on MAP Grants, Community College Funding

Springfield….State Representative Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) offered reaction to the failure of a motion to override Governor Rauner’s veto of SB 2043 in the Illinois House today.

“The students that rely on the MAP grant program were used as pawns in a cruel and shameful political hoax today,” Bryant said. “The motion to override the veto of SB 2043 failed today because the legislation lacks a way to pay for it and would have added over $700 million to our deficit.”

In response to the higher education funding crisis, Rep. Bryant previously signed on as a chief co-sponsor of HB 4539. Bryant’s plan provides adequate funding for universities, community colleges, and MAP grants. Bryant expressed disappointment in the Democrats in the House for ignoring her plan, which is paid for.

“The bill I am sponsoring actually provides real funding for community colleges and universities and MAP grants immediately,” Bryant said. “It is profoundly disingenuous for the Democrats in the House to continue to promise students and community colleges that critical funding would be on the way if only their bill would pass. The Democrat majority knows that their bill would have caused higher education funding to go to the back of the line of a $7 billion bill backlog. Speaker Madigan’s plan spends more money than we have and offers no way to pay for it.”

The Governor’s office of Management and Budget previously released research showing SB 2043 would have added $721 million to the state’s budget deficit, increase the state’s bill backlog, and further delay state payments to providers, vendors and contractors. Comptroller Leslie Munger has warned that by June the State of Illinois will owe $10 billion in unpaid bills.