The Illinois Senate is following the lead of the House in establishing a revenue estimate for Fiscal Year 2013. The Senate passed a pair of resolutions Wednesday fixing the estimate at $33.7 billion, the same estimate the House set and about $200 million less than the governor’s budget office is using.
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“Starting with the same number this year should definitely make it easier to reconcile our budget proposals in the end,” says State Sen. Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge). “We begin with the (revenue) estimate first so we can best live within our means.” Kotowski says extra money which comes in can be used to pay down the state’s multi-billion dollar bill backlog. “It’s definitely a good first step in terms of starting the FY 13 budget process,” says Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont). “Unfortunately, adopting the revenue estimate may be the easiest part of this whole process. It’s going to be difficult to come to a consensus on the spending number.”
S.R. 586 and H.J.R. 68 both passed the Senate, 52-1.