A stopgap measure for government operations appears to be coming together in Springfield, as lawmakers from both the House and Senate are being called back to the State Capitol tomorrow. Two local members of the House say there may be reason for guarded optimism, but have different reasons for drawing that conclusion.
Democrat State Representative Dan Beiser of Alton tells The Big Z he is hearing the Chiefs of Staff for the Governor, Senate President, and Speaker of the House are all now talking directly to each other.
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Republican State Representative Dwight Kay of Glen Carbon tells The Big Z any time the House and Senate are in Springfield at the same time, the potential to pass legislation exists.
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If a stopgap budget is not approved this week, road construction may come to a halt, vital state services may not be available, and there may not be enough money to run prisons. The next fiscal year begins July 1.