Tick Tock: 692 Days Without A Budget
Partners in Crisis: Trump Joins Rauner's Attack on Illinois Families
Chicago, IL – Today, Donald Trump will expand upon his March budget proposal that would devastate working families, attack our education system, and cut funding for survivors of domestic violence. Anyone looking for more information as to how a budget like this could play out should look no further than the state of Illinois. Why? Because Bruce Rauner did it all first.
Whether it’s eliminating after school programs, cutting funding for higher education, decimating heating assistance for low income families, or slashing programs for domestic violence shelters and services, Bruce Rauner has created a crisis, and it's clear that Donald Trump will too.
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
Donald Trump: Proposed eliminating 21st Century Community Learning Centers, a nationwide after-school program for low-income children serving nearly 2 million students.
Bruce Rauner: Eliminated after school funding in the “Good Friday Massacre” and has targeted it in every budget proposal since. By March 2016, an Illinois program called Teen REACH closed at least 18 programs, laid off 94 staff members, and turned away thousands of Illinois children from programming.
Donald Trump: Proposed eliminating the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant program, which provides $732 million in need-based aid to low-income college students.
Bruce Rauner: Failed to fund the Monetary Award Program (MAP) for nine months during the beginning of fiscal year 2016. MAP grants provide low-income students with need based aid to attend college. Lack of funding led to over 1,000 low-income Illinois students not being able to return to college for their spring semester and forced Illinois universities to cover costs for others.
Donald Trump: Proposed eliminating heating assistance for low-income households.
Bruce Rauner: Proposed eliminating $165 million in state Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding in 2015. Over 171,000 low-income Illinois families rely on LIHEAP to afford heating and cooling.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTERS AND SERVICES
Donald Trump: Proposed eliminating the Community Development Block Grant, which would cut funds to groups that support survivors of domestic violence.
Bruce Rauner: Eliminated $9 million from domestic violence programs, forcing layoffs and cuts to facilities. This impacted 62 programs providing shelter, counseling, and advocacy to survivors of domestic abuse. Rauner officials waited more than five months to let the groups know their funding had been eliminated, citing ‘confusion.’
“When Donald Trump proposes gutting funding for the programs that provide opportunity for working families, allow low-income students to go to college, and support survivors of domestic violence, Illinoisans know how this plays out. Bruce Rauner did it all first,” said Pritzker campaign spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh. “Under Rauner’s failed leadership, this state has been a testing ground for the Rauner-Trump agenda and Illinois families have felt the full impacts of the crisis it brings. Jobs are leaving, families are hurting, but Bruce Rauner and Donald Trump remain committed to their joint attack on our most vulnerable communities.”