Dunkin to Review Raunerâ€™s Cuts as Member of House Budget Oversight Panel
SPRINGFIELD, IL â€“ Illinois State Rep. Ken Dunkin, D-Chicago, will closely examine the justification for budget cuts and the impact of service reductions recently enacted by Gov. Bruce Rauner as a member of a new budgetary oversight panel. Dunkin and fellow members of the bipartisan panel are tasked with reviewing budget lines recently deemed by the governor to be non-essential spending and assessing their impact on middle-class families.
â€œThe governorâ€™s recent budget cuts have resulted in the termination of essential state services that provide for vulnerable individuals and working families alike,â€ Dunkin said. â€œI have consistently stated my belief that we need a more balanced approach that cuts truly wasteful spending while creating new sources of revenue to protect the services that families in our communities depend on, and I plan to use my seat on this committee to ensure the governor is accountable to the people he serves.â€
Dunkin, who chairs the House Appropriations-Higher Education Committee, will serve as a member of the newly created House Budget Oversight Panel. The panel will closely examine budget cuts ordered by the governor, including the suspension of $26 million for autism programs, early after-school teen mentoring and other services for low-income and at-risk communities ordered over the Easter weekend. Dunkin will call on fellow legislators to review not only the financial impact of these cuts, but the human impact of eliminating important services.
â€œThe General Assembly recently gave the governor sweeping powers to deal with Illinoisâ€™ budget challenges,â€ Dunkin said. â€œWhile we didnâ€™t all agree on the decision to grant these powers, we can all appreciate the need to closely monitor his actions and making sure he is doing whatâ€™s in the best interest of all Illinoisans.â€