Lawmakers no closer to balancing budget

Lawmakers no closer to balancing budget

ILLINOIS -- Another state budget proposal has been shot down. Friday, the House overwhelmingly rejected a budget plan by a margin of 107 to 5.
ILLINOIS -- Another state budget proposal has been shot down. Friday, the House overwhelmingly rejected a budget plan by a margin of 107 to 5. WCIA-3's Alex Davis keeps us Connected to the Capitol.

All week long, we've heard, if lawmakers didn't pass legislation to keep the temporary tax increase, a "doomsday" budget scenario would come up; and it did. Tensions were flaring Friday. Lawmakers have been hard at work to pass a budget, but there's still no compromise in sight.

"Unfortunately, it will be the age old showdown in the eleventh hour."

It's been a busy week. Last Thursday, the House approved more than 70 spending bills which some called "premature." This week, Democrats nixed the temporary income tax and came up with the so-called "doomsday" alternative.

"We have no revenue side of things and, thus far, we're going to have a potentially, a budget without revenue."

Democrats wanted to show they need to keep the income tax rate at five-percent.

"The speaker was very calculated in presenting that budget today, anticipated the outcome of the 'No' vote, which it was."

But, Republicans say they're not buying into the "dog and pony show," and have solid plans on the table.

"Nonetheless, they have not been accepted."

They're favoring two ideas.

"One is potentially a six-month budget. The other is passing a budget keeping the spending side and revenue side at last year's levels and then passing that onto the governor to make the actual line item cuts that he wants to do."

Speaker Madigan's spokesperson says Madigan will "continue to work with other House members to develop a budget plan that can be approved by the legislature and signed by the governor."

Opposite of what he stood by on Monday.

"I'm going to continue to work to find 60 votes to pass the governor's bill."

The legislature is slated to adjourn May 31.
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