Illinois lawmakers have not run out of things to discuss, and now that the governor has vetoed a $36 billion spending bill that would take effect Wednesday, there is a problem.
“Revenue enhancements, revenue increases, (and) tax increases are going to be on the table, and that's going to be a part of the negotiation,” said State Rep. Tim Butler (R-Springfield).
The governor signed a measure to fund K-12 Education and Early Childhood Education on Wednesday.
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"The Speaker of the House and President of the Senate have admitted the General Assembly's budget is unbalanced," the governor wrote in his veto message. "The Governor's Office of Management and Budget concurs, calculating that this budget is nearly $4 billion out of balance."
“He should have come to us and helped us find a negotiated solution to the budget,” said State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago). “I think what he wants, though, is to push his anti-union agenda instead."
The General Assembly is back in town next Tuesday and Wednesday to try hammering out a deal. It’s been convening once a week all this month, but has largely avoided budget discussions minus the occasional news conference from House Speaker Mike Madigan and Gov. Rauner.
"It is good the House set the wheels in motion on Wednesday for a Committee of the Whole hearing on agency preparations for the government shutdown," said House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) in a statement. "It seems the Governor missed an opportunity to avoid disrupting the lives of many, many middle class families for the sake of non budget issues."