Cavaletto Still Fighting for Higher Education: Co-Sponsors Realistic Emergency Funding Bill

State Representative John Cavaletto, a member of the Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee is co-sponsoring legislation that will fund the MAP grant program for students at the full Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 level, fund community colleges at 90% of FY15 level and fund state university operations at 80% FY15 level.

“Our community colleges are dealing with financial pressures because of the delay in state funding and students are counting on the MAP grants to better their lives with a college education,” commented Rep. Cavaletto. “This legislation is a realistic proposal that gives the governor the tools and real funding to provide needed help to students and colleges and I hope Speaker Madigan and our Democrat colleagues will join us in passing this immediately,” Cavaletto added.

The total spending package is approximately $1.68 billion that would come from general funds. It is contingent on the passage of the recently filed “Unbalanced Budget Response Act” that would permit the governor to manage monies in existing funds to adequately fund programs including higher education.