The Illinois Senate passed a budget Friday afternoon, on the last day of session. The budget in question is worth $37.5 billion. Some Republicans tried to change the proposals sent over by the House, but their efforts were defeated. The budget would keep spending for agencies and education flat – despite expected increases in need. That could mean layoffs, lawmakers warn.
State Sen. Matt Murphy (R-Palatine) says this budget is not good enough. “You can’t have it both ways – you can’t go out and tell the people of this state that you consider education to be a priority, and then not fund it,” he said.
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The sponsor of budget measures, State Sen. Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge), admitted the budget at hand is “incomplete.” “It does not address $762 million in funding pressures that we will have to confront, such as home-based services for seniors, care for those with developmental disabilities and child care support for working families,” said Kotowski.
The House originally passed a plan that included the assumption the income tax increase would be made permanent – but the chamber couldn’t drum up enough votes to pass the tax extension. Republicans warn an income tax measure could still crop up after the election.
The budget bills that the Senate passed today have already passed the House, so they now go to the governor.