All eyes are on Springfield today as the spring session ends, and there's still no budget in place.
State Rep. Dan Beiser (D-Alton) is calling on Gov. Bruce Rauner to return to the negotiating table to help get a full and balanced budget for the state of IL after reviewing the Senate budget, which is built on unrealistic savings and shoddy accounting. State Comptroller Susana Mendoza, who said that Rauner "has been an abject failure in his duty" to present a balanced budget for the General Assembly to act on, also warned of 'dire consequences'. Due to the budget impasse in the state that has frozen all state funding to higher education centers, public colleges have sent layoff notices to hundreds of employees and received substantial credit downgrades from Moody's Investors Service. "Democrats come up to me and say, 'Governor, stay strong". And it has led to layoffs and big cuts to universities.
Democrats - who hold a majority in both chambers of the General Assembly - still aren't saying whether they plan to do anything about that. Spending mandated by court orders and state statute continues at levels set by the last budget lawmakers approved in 2014, when revenues were higher. "We will invite and will expect participation by all members of the House".
Midnight tonight was to have been the Legislature's deadline for approving a budget and a host of other issues.
So for now, the budget stalemate continues. "We haven't had balanced budgets for years", Rauner said when asked what happens if there is still no budget deal by June 30.
The Senate last week cleared three budget bills. Democrats advanced late Monday a plan to raise income and sales taxes by more than $5 billion to deal with a mountainous deficit.
The House endorsed it 115-0 Monday. And they noted all components of the bipartisan package passed out of the Senate. The Senate plan makes the tax increase retroactive to January 1, which would have made individual tax rates 5.81 percent for the rest of the year.
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Speaking about the incident, senior leader Prakash Karat was quoted as saying by ANI, "We condemn this incident". Two men had entered the building where the press conference was taking place.
A previous version of the bill passed by the House and Senate in 2016 was vetoed by Rauner over concerns that it didn't do enough to prevent voter fraud.
SB9, and other proposals like it, served as a warning sign for businesses in the state, business leaders said.
On other issues, the Senate unanimously appproved a measure making it more hard for authorities to seize property from owners in connection with a suspected crime. Sen. The majority in the House knows darn well what needs to be done. They're not doing it.
The grand bargain became petite, but it did include a series of tax hikes, and that seems to have overwhelmed the House Democrats. In Springfield - he'd tell them to keep up the negotiations.
Gov. Rauner: But what we can never do is give up.
"This is what it's come to: while our government's failure has caused untold pain across the state of IL, the people who are trying to bring some sanity and make things right wind up getting arrested", Biss said in the post.
"Illinois businesses are really sick and exhausted of what they're seeing going on", said Greg Baise, president and CEO of the Illinois Manufacturers' Association. We can not let the House Majority, with their special interest groups, dictate terms.
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