Illinois Lawmakers Have Until Friday to Pass Budget

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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.

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