House Republicans brace for potential 2018 midterm losses

Pablo Tucker
June 15, 2017

IL has been spending more than $6 billion beyond what it takes in for the past two years while Rauner has dug in and pressured Democrats to approve his economic agenda, which includes numerous items contained in the Republicans' offer.

We now have until July 1 to pass a budget in a special session or the governor will have the ability to make budget decisions without legislative objection, which no one wants to see.

The revenue measure the Senate Democrats approved included hiking the personal income tax from 3.75 percent to 4.95 percent. They talked about seven measures they say would satisfy them and end the almost two-year stalemate. The House didn't consider the plan before adjourning by a key May 31 deadline, saying more GOP support was needed.

"The Republicans introduced their plan at a news conference in Chicago and called upon Democrat leaders to return to the Capitol to work on the budget immediately".

Last year, Rauner and Democratic legislative leaders waited until June 30 before approving a stopgap spending plan that fully funded schools and provided partial funding to universities and social services.

Speaker of the House Pete Schwartzkopf has come under fire from his constituents on the right for comments made in a video, where he addressed the House Republicans budget proposal for Delaware's upcoming fiscal year. Rauner has called for four years, while most Democrats have agreed to go up to two years.

"We must act now to pass a negotiated, comprehensive balanced budget with reforms to change the status quo of how we operate in IL and to boost our struggling economy", Durkin said in Chicago. They say that's only going to happen, if those tax hikes are limited to four years and are tied to a four year property tax freeze. He said he'd review Republican plans once they're filed as legislation.

Senate President John Cullerton's spokesman John Patterson argued that senators put together their budget based on Rauner's requirements and it remained a viable option.

Budget Bill: Comprehensive budget proposal that includes real spending cuts and a four-year spending cap, while providing funding to state agencies like the Department of Human Services to care for our state's most vulnerable and the Department of Transportation to continue important infrastructure projects.

Durkin says it's now up to House Speaker Michael Madigan to take the next steps.

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