( KTRS ) Illinois Senate Democrats passed a $3.8 billion funding bill for colleges and social services despite Republican objections that the state doesn’t have the money to fulfill the proposal’s promises.
Democrats used their considerable majority in the chamber to pass the bill on a 39-18 vote.
The bill would give nearly $1.9 billion to colleges and universities that have not received funding since July 1st.
The Democrats’ standoff with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has led to layoffs at higher education institutions and the loss of tuition aid for low-income students. The funding bill would also allocate $472.3 million to a variety of social service programs.
However, the governor’s budget office says the state doesn’t have the money to pay for the proposal.