New Higher Education stop-gap funding proposal signed into law

I’m pleased to report that finally emergency funding is on its way to universities, community colleges, and students waiting for their MAP grants.

The new plan passed last week and signed into law Monday is a bi-partisan effort on which I worked diligently. It will provide $600 million from the Educational Assistance Fund to fund a four- month emergency appropriation to universities and one semester of MAP grants.  The money is available, and Comptroller Munger said she will begin processing payments immediately.

After ten months without funding, our universities were drowning, but last week we worked together to throw them a $600 million lifeline. It’s not a permanent solution, but it is a solid emergency funding plan to get needed dollars to universities and ensure students get their MAP grants while we continue to negotiate a full budget.  I sincerely hope this spirit of bi-partisan cooperation will carry over to those negotiations.

Comptroller Munger issues order delaying lawmakers’ pay 

Based on the continued lack of a balanced budget for FY16, Comptroller Munger has directed her staff to move the issuance of paychecks for elected State officials from a group of bills that are paid immediately and on schedule, to a separate group of bills that are paid after a delay.  The move affects pay for all constitutional officers in statewide elective positions, including herself, and affects pay for the 177 members of the Illinois General Assembly – 118 House members and 59 senators.
Statement of State Representative Dan Brady on Passage of Senate Bill 2059 as amended:

“Despite a shaky start I’m very glad that a bi-partisan emergency funding agreement for universities, community colleges and students’ MAP grants has finally passed the General Assembly and Comptroller Munger has announced that she is standing ready to begin processing payments. After ten months without funding, our universities were drowning. Today we worked together to throw them a $600 million lifeline. I truly hope that we can build on this cooperative success at the budget negotiating table,” said State Representative Dan Brady (R-Normal) who serves as Minority Spokesman on the House Higher Education-Appropriations Committee.

 Representative Dan  Brady visited with WJBC's Scott Laughlin Thursday morning about several budget and session related issues. Listen-in here.
“I’m very pleased that we are discussing a new proposal  in the General Assembly to provide needed stop-gap funding for Universities. The new plan, authored by my colleague Rep. Mike Fortner, would provide $558 million from the Educational Assistance Fund to fund a four- month appropriation to universities and one semester of MAP grants while we continue to negotiate a full budget. Let’s get this done.” Rep. Dan Brady