Governor urges lawmakers to end 'unnecessary' budget impasse

Governor urges lawmakers to end 'unnecessary' budget impasse

House Republican Leader Jim Durkin said it was hypocritical of his Democratic colleagues to question whether the GOP budget plan was balanced, noting their history of passing budgets that spend more than the state has on hand. The new fiscal year begins July 1. Meanwhile, Democrats say Republicans have been in attack mode.

Further, Speaker Madigan has not indicated how the State House and he will vote on the newly proposed Senate-Rauner Grand Bargain, part 2. "We must agree on a balanced budget plan and get it to my desk before the end of the state's fiscal year". The Democratic Party narrative is that when the 2011 income tax increase sunsetted, in part, in 2015, from 5% to 3.75%, the State of IL lost about 4 billion dollars in revenue, and was driven into deficit spending.

Asked earlier about any movement on budget bills, Harris said he has reviewed the Senate and Republican proposals with lawmakers. It has now gone two years without a budget.

The special session could last the full 10 days Rauner has called for, with legislative leaders saying Wednesday that they intend to show up each day. Democratic lawmakers have prioritized more taxes ahead of needed structural reforms, while Rauner has pushed to pay down debt, enact property tax relief and impose a spending cap and term limits. The Republican had previously dismissed the idea as too costly.

A special session, or a continuous special session, is a period when the House and Senate convene following the end of the regular session. Two other Democrats have raised over $1 million: Chris Kennedy, nephew of the late President John F. Kennedy, and state Sen. Sen.

The general assembly will meet in special session starting Wednesday. "One week ago, a group of lawmakers standing before you put forth a compromise budget plan with reforms that puts us on a clear path to finishing our job". "It includes $5 billion in spending reductions and adjustments and will help bring down the backlog of unpaid bills".




Meanwhile, Illinois Secretary of Education Beth Purvis said, Rauner, while an advocate for equitable school funding, found several items in the Act he wants to augment before signing off on the measure. Also, they want the Democrats to continue to support the modest pension reform and workers' comp. reform that the Senate Democrats had previously supported.

Senator Don Harmon said Rauner's speech was more of the same. "He talked about the high ideals of needing a budget, wanting to fund the things that are proper - that the government should fund".

The first day of a special session on Illinois' budget impasse is off to a slow start. Rating agencies Moody's Investors Service and S&P Global Ratings recently downgraded Illinois' general obligation bonds again (for the eighth time in eight years, in the case of Moody's) to just one notch above junk status.

He also said witnesses at a couple of recent House committee hearings were "nothing more than human shields for the House Democrats' economic failures this last decade".

In an unprecedented move, Rauner made a personal address to the people of Illinois Tuesday.

The governor implored lawmakers to "have the courage to do what is right, to act for the people".

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