There’s one week left until the end of the Illinois General Assembly.
So far, lawmakers have yet to start a budget.
That has many wondering if the session is going too long.
Lawmakers say it’s because of the lack of bipartisanship.
The general assembly has yet to present a bill on closing the state’s $6 billion dollar budget deficit.
Democrats have introduced budget amendments.
There aren’t any discussions on increasing taxes but there are talks of cuts to human services and higher education.
A proposal with minimal cuts and revenue could still be an unbalanced budget.
And Governor Rauner has signaled that he would veto a proposal which is not balanced.
State Senator Dave Syverson (R-35) says, “Governor Rauner to his credit will veto that. And then, hopefully, we will get down and get serious about passing a real budget, but that won’t be till after we run out of time.”
Lawmakers have until Friday to pass a balanced budget.