The state collected more than $1 billion more than expected in taxes, and a Republican lawmaker wants to put that towards the state’s unpaid bills. In particular, one past-due bill – the $112-million in back wages owed to state employees, which State Senator Sam McCann of Carlinville calls the oldest bill in the state’s backlog.
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The backlog is estimated to stand at $5.6-billion by the end of June. The extra tax revenue is due to lawmakers underestimating what would be collected from income, sales and utility taxes in last year’s budget. The Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability says that’s a one-time only occurrence that shouldn’t be factored into next years budget.