SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. Dan Beiser (D-Alton) issued a statement after a failed attempt to override the governor’s veto of funding for community colleges, adult education and the Monetary Award Program (MAP).
“People in Springfield just don’t understand the needs of real folks,” Beiser said. “This funding is important, and should’ve been able to pass. The failure to override the governor’s veto will have a devastating impact on students and the higher education community in my district. Students and faculty at Lewis and Clark Community College will suffer, as will those at SIUE.
“I am disappointed in my fellow state representatives and in the governor because this bill would’ve provided funds to community colleges, people who want to better themselves through adult education, and college students who seek a higher education,” Beiser said. “Instead, representatives couldn’t get over their petty politics to agree to fund these important programs.”
The administration released the following statement on the vote from Catherine Kelly, press secretary for Gov. Bruce Rauner.
“We applaud House Republicans and Representative Drury for standing up for taxpayers today. Despite the governor’s request that the General Assembly not waste time with a political vote that was never going to pass, the legislature is poised to leave students, universities and community colleges in the lurch for at least a month. We continue to urge Democratic leaders not to recess until the General Assembly passes a bipartisan proposal to fund MAP and higher education.”