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Rauner to veto ‘phony’ appropriations bill

Gov. Bruce Rauner participates in the Governor's Volunteer Service Awards ceremonies at the Old State Capitol Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Springfield, Il. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Gov. Bruce Rauner plans to veto an appropriations bill that passed both the Illinois House and Senate that would have sent $3.89 billion in funding to the state’s universities and social service agencies.

Rauner’s office dismissed it as “just another phony budget” that even some Democrats don’t like.

“Now is the time for bipartisan solutions and negotiation, not phony budgets and empty promises.” Rauner spokeswoman Catherine Kelly said in a statement.

The bill would have authorized payments for programs that aren’t yet covered by consent decrees. It would have provided money for community colleges and universities, as well as grant money for poor students. But it also had no revenue source.

The measure passed the Illinois Senate on Wednesday 38-17. It passed the House on Tuesday with 65 votes, which isn’t enough to override a Rauner veto. The Senate, however, has enough votes for an override.

The bill would have funded about $3.89 billion, including more than $3 billion in general funds.

Rauner instead supports a plan introduced by Illinois Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno and Illinois House Republican Jim Durkin to give $1.3 billion to social service programs. The measure is tied to pension reform, one of the governor’s Turnaround Agenda items.