A state lawmaker is hoping to do more to ensure truth in budgeting in Illinois. State Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) wants to hold the legislature to pass a budget for the 12 months beginning July 1 – and not one day shorter.
“There’s some talk – I don’t know how far it would go – that we would do a partial-year budget,” Sente says, to put off a decision of whether to allow the increased income tax to recede after Dec. 31, midway through the fiscal year. “If the income tax expires, we have to deal with that.”
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The bill also calls for a two-week public inspection period for budget legislation before it’s voted on. “If we present our budget bills in a way that is easily accessible for the public,” she says, “I think it helps reassure them there’s a process; it isn’t done under the dark of night.”