* Gov. Rauner has repeatedly called agriculture “the backbone of our economy” in Illinois. From just last week…
At the 2016 Illinois Pork Expo in Springfield Feb. 16, Gov. Bruce Rauner praised the state’s pork producers for being “business builders.”
* And, of course, he has said time and time again that education funding was his highest priority, even without the money to pay for it. From yesterday…
Rauner told reporters that other parts of the state’s budget are important, but none more so than schools.
“No matter what, we should make sure our schools open and they have more money. No matter what else,” he said.
Also from yesterday…
[Rauner] also repeated three pieces of advice his grandparents gave him — work hard, get a good education, and give back to the community.
Zero. That’s the funding amount Governor Bruce Rauner has proposed for agriculture education.
More than 1,000 FFA members were at the statehouse Tuesday meeting with legislators and fighting for funding. Without that funding, Ag education leaders say, important programs will be eliminated.
Some of our state’s future farmers, engineers, biologists, and more have been put on a path towards agriculture by what they’ve learned in school. [..]
In recent years, state funding has been whittled down to just $1.8 million from the board of education’s recommended $3 million.
Now Governor Rauner wants to eliminate funding altogether.
This is the second year in a row that Rauner has proposed killing off that program.