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House Budget Vote Today: 'A Moment Of Truth'

03 July 2017

The state of IL has now been without a budget for three years, but a small glimmer of hope was seen when a bipartisan majority passed a $36.5 billion budget plan authored by the Democrats. It's the longest of any state since the Great Depression and comes with a $6.2 billion deficit and $14.7 billion in past-due bills. "People in every corner of the state are watching what we do, to see if we get the job done", Harris said in presenting the plan on the House floor Friday. There's general agreement that a revenue package will include raising the personal income tax rate from 3.75 to 5 percent. Lawmakers will continue meeting with each other throughout the day.

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That means the state is entering unsafe territory.

Members of the Illinois House return to special session this afternoon to vote on a tax hike package that includes increases to the state's income and corporate tax rates.

Without a deal this time, the United Way reports that 36 percent of all human services agencies in IL face closure by year's end, according to Rep. Greg Harris, the Chicago Democrat sponsoring the budget legislation.

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And nothing will happen again Sunday, although you can expect even more sound and fury, when House Democrats have scheduled a vote on tax increase legislation that is destined to fail because Republicans won't vote for it. But Illinois' stalemate has been unprecedented since it reached a full year.

The proposed spending doesn't address the state's $15 billion bill backlog.

"While the majority in the General Assembly has been unable to move forward with a balanced budget, it has found the time to inflict further abuse on IL taxpayers".

"I come to you today with great joy, not with regret or despair". Meantime, he said Democrats and Republicans would get together to finalize the spending plan to make sure they can send a balanced budget back to the Senate for a final vote. Representatives indicated that the two sides were close on workers' compensation but there was still plenty of work to be done on a property tax freeze.

Social service agencies, contracted by the state to care for vulnerable populations, that have limped along without state funding will have to endure further strain; already many have laid off employees and reduced services.