It's back to the state Senate with a measure House Republicans say plays a hoax on social service agencies. Senate Bill 2046 was passed with a simple majority in the House Tuesday after an hour-long debate. House Speaker Michael Madigan said the measure is necessary to fund vital services and Democrats are not willing to go along with the governor's proposed economic reforms, which Madigan says will hurt working-class families.
Republican state Rep. Dwight Kay of Glen Carbon said the nearly $3.9 billion bill shows total irresponsibility both fiscally and politically.
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The measure was amended to include more funding, including back pay for some state employees that hasn’t been paid since 2012 pending appropriation. The measure must now be taken back up by the state Senate.