Do lawmakers have a backup plan?

Most are relying on passing the "grand bargain." But is there a backup plan...

SPRINGFIELD --- The days are winding down as lawmakers have little more than two weeks left of session. When it comes to the state budget, most are relying on passing the "grand bargain." But is there a backup plan if that fails?

Lawmakers are aware of a looming deadline fast approaching in Springfield, but is the Senates grand bargain the last hope to keep the state operating by the end of the month. Some Republican's think so.

"So far we've not seen anything come out of the house so my hope that this is the only thing that we see at this point that really has a chance of going all the way through," said Senator Dan McConchie (R).

However if the grand bargain bills are not passed soon, some democrats say they'll have to take matters into their own hands.

"For the last six months we've been trying to work on some of those reforms the Governor wants and that maybe he doesn't think they're acceptable so now we're going to move on to our own budget. It may not have all the elements in it that he wants," said Senator Scott Bennett, (D).

There's even a possibility the House will stop waiting for the Senate to pass budget and introduce their own. 

"I think we will see some proposals coming out of the House. I'm hopeful that they are bipartisan," said Representative Anne Moeller (D).

Senator Jason Barickman says if Speaker Madigan pushes his own budget, it won't be fair to taxpayers and won't include any reforms to turn the state around.

"He's (Madigan) not negotiated this far with anyone here we are in kind of the 11th hour. He may put something together. I think is not surprising, but will take a look at it."

Regardless of which chamber votes on a budget before the other, most lawmakers agree in a short time frame a lot can happen under one roof.

"This group can get a lot done in a short period of time, they've got to want it." 

 


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