(AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation that the Democratic comptroller says would help the state manage overdue bills.
The Republican governor rejected on Friday a plan pushed by Comptroller Susana Mendoza. It would require state agencies to regularly report the bills they’ve not yet sent the comptroller for payment.
Mendoza argues it would provide a better picture of current liabilities. The state has a $15 billion backlog of bills because of a two-year budget stalemate between Rauner and Democrats who control the General Assembly that ended in July.
Rauner wrote in a veto message that transparency is a good idea. But he says Mendoza wants “to micromanage executive agencies.”
Mendoza spokesman Abdon Pallasch (PA’-lush) says Mendoza will ask lawmakers to override the veto.