Biss says he wholeheartedly backed veto override on K-12 funding
Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston), a contender in next year’s governor race, said he unequivocally supported the Senate’s override of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto of the state's K-12 funding measure, according to Capitol Fax.
“There’s no question that overriding Rauner’s veto was the right thing to do,” Biss said in a statement. “The better questions are how we got here in the first place – to August without school funding and to a billionaire governor with the arrogance to threaten our schools.”
Rauner’s veto of Senate Bill 1 would reduce the originally proposed funding for Chicago Public Schools by $463 million, according to an Illinois State Board of Education analysis. The General Assembly must pass an education spending formula in order for the state to distribute funds for the upcoming school year. Funds typically begin to be distributed on Aug. 10.
“We took a step forward on fixing an immediate problem today,” Biss said in his statement. “But like the state’s budget, our education funding system will continue to be a problem until we address the underlying rot: a broken tax system that benefits the millionaires, while punishing the middle class.”