Illinois can't let education funding package stall

State lawmakers under pressure after governor's amendatory veto

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. - Members of Congress took the national health care debate in a new direction. There's more turbulence surrounding the White House and a revolving door of employees and Illinois' public school system is left dangling without a financial commitment from the state.

All things came up for discussion with Former Scott County Democratic Party Chair Karl Rhomberg and current President of the Land of Lincoln Republican Women Andrea Anderson on 4 the Record.

In health care, this is the first time in the last eight years Democrats and Republicans are coming together on real proposals and compromise in this area.

There are things liberals don't like. There are things conservatives don't like.

Rhomberg and Anderson agree this is the direction that needs to be taken at this time to stabilize the insurance markets. Neither can say whether it has a chance to clear both houses of Congress.

Rhomberg prefers a more progressive policy that ensures all Americans have coverage, but concedes something has to be done to avoid those insured under the Affordable Care Act don't lose their access to health care.

They say you can't keep track of the players without a scorecard. That's true of the Trump Administration these days.

The last couple of weeks alone saw Sean Spicer out as White House press secretary, Anthony Scaramucci in as White House communications director, Reince Priebus out as chief of staff, John Kelly in as chief of staff and Anthony Scaramucci out as White House communications director ten days after taking the job.
Anderson and Rhomberg addressed how concerned Americans should be about what seems to be a lack of stability at 1600 Pennsyvlania Avenue.

Special Counsel Bob Mueller convened a grand jury as part of his investigation into Russian meddling with American democracy.

It's a sign that Mueller thinks there's evidence a crime was committed. We don't know what that is and grand jury proceedings are done in private. However, Republicans have been walking a fine line for a while. We are seeing more members of Congress grow wary recently.

Both Anderson and Rhomberg weighed on how this impacts the Trump Administration.

Illinois' public schools are truly in limbo after Governor Bruce Rauner issued an amendatory veto on Senate Bill 1.

It would have overhauled the state's school funding formula. A proposal Rauner himself admits he supported 90 percent. Now, it's in serious jeopardy because of the three-fifths threshold needed to support or override his veto. It's something he miscalculated when he did it.

Both Rhomberg and Anderson agree Illinois can't afford to allow schools to go unfunded.
Anderson supported Rauner's position that the current proposal vetoed by the governor represents an unfair bailout to public schools.

That's despite a fact check by the Better Government Association that found the Chicago pension bailout claim by Republicans to be false.


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