As clock ticks, future of IL state budget up in air

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One lawmaker in the House spoke out during the debate on several bills, expressing her frustration. They approved school funding reform.

The bill, SB 1761, passed the House 104-0 on May 31, after passing the Senate 41-0 earlier in the month.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner called the blown deadline "a complete dereliction of duty" by the Democratic majority of the General Assembly and a "tragic failure to serve the people of IL".

The Illinois House has approved a proposal that would raise the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour over five years. The Governor, a Republican, was clearly clinging to his party's extreme views regarding the safety of voting in America.

"Today we've seen a complete dereliction of duty by the (Democratic) majority in the General Assembly, once again, a tragic failure to serve the people of IL, a tragic failure to pass a balanced budget along with critical structural changes to protect taxpayers and grow more jobs", Rauner told reporters in the state capitol. Both House and Senate scurried through votes on legislation, but none that directly addressed the budget.

Others stood court outside the governor's office for most of the day.

Why? The excuse Madigan's Democrats gave is that Senate Republicans didn't provide any votes on the budget. They are reviewing "minor changes", including potential changes to the service taxes that were included in the initial bill.

According to Representative Terry Bryant (R-Murphysboro), Senate Bill 1, the school funding bill, does not have Republican support because it includes a massive bailout for Chicago Public Schools. He had previously called the plan a "bailout" for Chicago Public Schools.

Illinoisans need to plow clear their political fields and install new leaders who not only embrace Lincoln's ideals of "government of the people, by the people, for the people", but who are willing to go forth and put those noble ideals into action. He said the state hasn't been making its categorical payments. IL is home to the nation's widest spending gap between low- and high-income school districts because it relies on local taxes to fund more than 60 percent of education costs. "The Republicans didn't vote for anything, and as a result, we don't have a budget", Cullerton told reporters. "We have been here, in session, for 5 months and we still haven't voted on the budget yet. How do your districts do?"

State Senator Jil Tracy: "After months of progress, I'm extremely disappointed the IL legislature is adjourning without a true balanced budget or meaningful reforms". Rauner continues to demand cost-cutting restrictions to workers' compensation and a property tax freeze for homeowners. IL now holds the distinction of having the lowest credit rating ever assigned to a US state.

Rauner has said he'd only support an income tax hike paired with a four-year property tax freeze. Whether an agreement is reached and the budget is passed remains uncertain.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has turned thumbs down on that plan because lawmakers have not given him the "structural" reforms he desires in return. Republicans argued the bill would limit the state's ability to get the most profit over the sale.

SB9, and other proposals like it, served as a warning sign for businesses in the state, business leaders said.

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