Republican congressman at odds with Rauner budget plan

(AP) — Right-to-work and higher education funding are two areas where Gov. Bruce Rauner may find himself at odds with a

U.S Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville)

U.S Rep. Rodney Davis

popular congressman from his own party.

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) says he hopes Rauner takes a different approach to his proposed $400 million in cuts to the state’s colleges, as well as working with labor unions.

Davis says he’s going to work with the governor and with legislative leaders, as well as with the labor leaders that have worked with him, to hopefully come up with solutions that are going to be beneficial for the entire state.

But Davis quickly reminds people the governor was left with a fiscal crisis that, unfortunately, doesn’t make people gasp like they did when Rod Blagojevich was inaugurated.

Davis says in both cases, the proposals should be seen as starting points for negotiations among state lawmakers.