Just because the Governor is a Democrat that doesn’t mean his budget address arrives with full support from others in his party. State Senator Heather Steans says she has shared priorities with the Governor, including rate increases for Medicaid providers. But she wants to see funding of the new educational funding formula to continue to be directed to where it’s currently going.
The constitutional amendment that Steans is talking about is the possible November approval by voters of a graduated income tax. Pritzker touted it during the speech as a way of increasing educational spending.