Tuesday, June 27, 2017

State Budget: Madigan, "It Won't Be Easy to Get a State Budget by the End of the Week"

The top Democrat in the Illinois House says it won't be easy to get a state budget by the end of the week.

House Speaker Mike Madigan yesterday told reporters in Springfield that the vote on the tax hike needed to pay for his budget plan won't be 'easy.'

 Madigan said his budget will be unveiled later today.

Many at the statehouse expect the powerful Speaker to want to spend as much as six billion-dollars more than Governor Rauner and the Republicans have proposed.

Meanwhile, the top Republican in the Illinois House says he is not focusing on what's being left out of an agreement to get a state budget.

House Republican leader Jim Durkin yesterday said his focus is finding 30 Republican votes for a tax increase that is needed to get a state budget.

Durkin said he'll deal with a lack of term limits in the budget compromise later.

House Speaker Mike Madigan, who has fought term limits, has left the issue off his to-do list this summer.

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