CHICAGO – State Rep. Greg Harris issued the following statement regarding the governor’s practice of paying top administration officials out of state agency budgets and his recent devastating cuts to the Department of Human Services budget:
“Governor Rauner has made a habit of taking money from state agencies to pay for the high salaries of his administration officials. His recently departed Education Secretary Beth Purvis was paid $250,000 a year out of the Department of Human Services’ (DHS) budget.
“While the governor is dipping into state agency budgets to pay for the huge salaries of his top administration officials, he has pursued a destructive agenda of drastic cuts to vital agency programs—it’s not right.
“Just recently, Governor Rauner announced a new round of devastating cuts to essential DHS initiatives like after school programs and the autism program. I’m calling for his administration to restore the salary of Secretary Purvis to the DHS budget to provide relief from his devastating cuts that harm our most vulnerable kids, seniors, and people with disabilities.”