Rep. Demmer Supports New Spending Proposal for Higher Education

Spends approximately $1.68 billion of general funds

As legislators in Springfield continue to work to find a bipartisan solution to the budget impasse, State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) is supporting legislation that aims at creating a stable and responsible approach in funding higher education.

“We can’t afford to continue to blindly allocate taxpayer dollars without taking into consideration how we are going to pay for it,” said Rep. Demmer. “My colleagues and I have identified a new higher education proposal that is funded with general funds.”

The proposal would fund higher education by providing the Governor with the tools to manage to spend and support higher education services. The spending plan would fund higher education at the following levels:

• 80% University operations funding

• 90% Community Colleges funding

• FY15 level MAP funding

“The Democrats’ proposal to fund higher education is misleading; it has no funding mechanism. This spending plan is contingent on the passage of legislation that would grant the Governor the resources to manage funding appropriately.”

The Unbalanced Budget Response Act (HB 4521) would afford the Governor similar latitude that he requested in the FY15 budget fix, allowing a wide ability to manage funds to adequately fund programs including higher education.