Illinois House Passes Budget, Senate Vote Up Next

Violet Powell
July 4, 2017

Since the tax increase received 72 votes, that's enough to override a veto from Rauner, but it's uncertain whether the fifteen republicans who joined democrats yesterday will again vote against the governor. Rauner derided the proposals as lacking spending restraint or "structural" changes to he wants. IL families don't deserve to have more of their hard-earned money taken from them when the legislature has done little to restore confidence in government or grow jobs.

Rauner has insisted for two years that a budget be coupled with a property tax freeze and legislative term limits, among other things.

Illinois House and Senate lawmakers voted July 1 to hike fees on wireless customers across the state, against the wishes of Gov. Bruce Rauner. Rauner, a wealthy businessman, has poured tens of millions of his fortune into the Republican party and the campaigns of GOP legislators.

Stuart, the Democrat from Edwardsville, said in a statement on her vote against the tax increase, "Families and senior citizens tell me how unaffordable IL has become, and how easy it would be to move across the river".

"Stop playing "chicken" with the fifth-largest state in the union", said Rep. David Harris, a suburban Chicago Republican.

"We need in this state...we need more jobs and we need more taxpayers", McSweeney said. Alongside the tax increases which will bring in revenues into the State's coffers, IL has also adopted reductions of state spending that may further alleviate the pressure on the state's finances. While the income tax rate for individuals has been moved up from 3.75% to slightly lower than 5%, corporate will now have to pay 7% now while they were paying 5.25% earlier. The spending plan won passage in a 81-34 vote.

Hays said the threat of seeing the state's credit rating plunge to junk-bond status, plus nearly $15 billion in unpaid bills, were factors that influenced his vote for a tax increase.

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IL lawmakers are back to work after a dramatic vote in the House to increase income taxes by 32 percent. It's about $1 billion less than the version sent over in May from the Senate, where the legislation now returns for concurrence.

Area representatives split on the tax increase, with support from Democrat Carol Ammons of Urbana along with three of the 15 House Republicans who voted yes: Chad Hays of Catlin, Bill Mitchell of Forsyth and Reggie Phillips of Charleston.

"I would say it is a setback in the negotiations and the reforms and bringing an end to this impasse", said Leader Jim Durkin R-Burr Ridge.

"We have a balanced budget".

Both the House and the Illinois Senate will be session on Monday.

Then there's the growing pile of overdue bills - approaching $15 billion dollars.

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