Getting sick of hearing about the budget impasse? So are some state lawmakers.
Legislators are back in Springfield this week and hope they can use this month to tackle a budget for the coming fiscal year as well as this year.
State Rep. Jack Franks, D-Woodstock, said nothing is more important than solving the budget crisis.
“Understand that we’re spending every week more than $200 million more than what we’re bringing in,” Franks said. “We’re digging a deeper hole every day. It’s more than $30 million every day.”
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Franks said he would rather have lawmakers agree to a budget before the May 31 deadline than go into a special session.
State Rep. Ron Sandack, R-Downers Grove, said he hopes lawmakers learned their lesson over the past year, and will get down to business.
“Work on reforms and a budget,” Sandack said. “And if we use our time wisely that’s accomplishable.”
Last year lawmakers passed an unbalanced budget the governor ultimately vetoed. That meant legislators were in Springfield in overtime session all summer long.
Sandack said he hopes politicians don’t repeat last year’s mistakes.
“That was the summer of my political discontent because we were going back and forth it seemed ad infinitum,” Sandack said.
Franks said lawmakers should stay in Springfield until they agree on a budget.
“Nobody goes home, nothing else gets worked on, let’s fix the budget,” Franks said.
Last week, Gov. Bruce Rauner said he may call a special session if lawmakers don’t come to terms on budgets for this year and next year. Rauner said he’s investigating paying for the session himself so taxpayers don’t foot the bill.