Republicans are protesting over the budget that has cleared the House. For the most part, they shot down every single bill that hit the House floor Thursday, mainly because the state plans to spend more than it'll be bringing in. State Representative Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) says the path the House Democratic leadership has taken will only lead to more debt for the state.
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Democrats pushed more than 70 budget bills through Thursday, and most passed with the bare minimum 60 votes. That could be a tell-tale sign that the vote to keep the five-percent income tax rate in place is far off of the 71 votes it needs. The tax extension won't likely clear without Republican support but that vote could be pushed back until after the November election. That's when the pressure will be off of lawmakers who are in tough races.
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