03142017AM4965rSPRINGFIELD- State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) supported a measure today to restore certainty and stability to Will County schools.

Bertino-Tarrant joined her colleagues in the Illinois State Senate to override Governor Rauner’s veto of Senate Bill 444, a technical piece of legislation previously requested by the governor’s administration to help clarify and quickly implement school funding reform. His veto of the measure did the opposite of that.

“The senate worked together to end the chaos and uncertainty created by the governor’s administration,” said Bertino-Tarrant, chairwoman of the Senate’s education committee. “Instead of communicating his concerns to his own administration or the General Assembly, Governor Rauner issued a veto to further delay the implementation of bipartisan education funding reform. It is unacceptable that he sat on his hands until the last possible minute to once again create instability for schools across Illinois.”

Last week, governor’s agencies, the Illinois State Board of Education and Department of Revenue were able to quickly work together to address the governor’s concerns outlined in his veto message.

Bertino-Tarrant thinks it is concerning that the governor decided to work unilaterally to delay school funding reform rather than talking to state agencies, under his administration’s management, to solve the problem.

“How is the governor supposed to work with the General Assembly if he is unable to work with his own agencies,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “This is another example of the governor’s lack of leadership. Working together means communicating and be an active partner in making sure government is working for the citizens of Illinois. Somehow these beliefs are lost to him.”

Senate Bill 444 was passed quickly last November, due to the governor’s concerns regarding the education funding overhaul which passed with bipartisan support, and Rauner has been touting the legislation as his greatest gubernatorial accomplishment ever since.

“The governor’s office may work on whims, but it is unacceptable that Will County schools are once again subject to the uncertainty that legislators from both parties worked so hard and so long to relieve,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “School administrators need time to calculate and implement sound financial decisions for the next school year, yet this veto strips them of their ability to make these decisions with any certainty.”

Bertino-Tarrant is glad that lawmakers worked together today to swiftly to restore clarify how much funding Will County schools will receive and lessened the possibility of yet another delay in the disbursement of those funds.

Senate Bill 444 passed the senate and now moves to the house for consideration.

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