Illinois bill SB-730, which was meant to expand affordable child care to tens of thousands of Illinois families, was vetoed by Governor Bruce Rauner (R) on Friday.
Democratic Representative Litesa Wallace voted for the bill and held a protest at the Prayers for Genesis daycare on Tuesday morning.
“This veto is absolutely wrong and it does nothing to improve the economy of the state of Illinois,” said Wallace.
Pastor Kerry L. Newburn says that Prayers for Genesis has already lost more than thirty kids from their program because of budget cuts.
“The greatest misery is to tell a parent that their children can no longer go because it’s no longer affordable for us to keep them,” said Newburn.
“If they have an infant, they can expect to spend 75 cents of every dollar that they earn on child care,” said State Representative Candidate Tricia Sweeney (D). “It’s simply not affordable without a little help.”
“While the intention may be good, at some point you have to work within the budget,” offers Senator Dave Syverson (R).
The Republican State Senator says the bill did not contain additional money to fund the program. He says it is one of many worthy things that Illinois could spend money on – if the state had it.
“Many of the same people that are saying that child care has to be a priority, last week were doing press conferences on how mental health services has to be a priority, and a week before that they were saying how education has to be a priority,” said Syverson. “It’s difficult when they want to write checks for every part of government yet there’s no money to do that.”