Democrats regroup, craft budget without higher tax

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Capitol building in Springfield, Illinois.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ Illinois House Democrats have given up on extending a temporary income tax increase and have begun working on a scaled-back state spending plan.

Speaker Michael Madigan said Monday that House working groups would begin work on a “middle-of-the-road” budget that’s in line with a revenue estimate of about $34 billion.

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn wants to make permanent the income-tax increase that’s set to roll back in January. It’s costing the typical Illinois taxpayer about $1,100 more this year.

But the House couldn’t collect enough support to adopt that plan to fund a budget blueprint of about $38 billion. The House also rejected on Friday a “doomsday” budget that would have meant severe cuts to services.

Madigan says a new revenue estimate adds about $189 million to the bank account.

1 Comment

  • Mascoutan

    So there IS a limit to the insanity of the Democrats in Illinois! That’s the first step. NOW they have to drastically cut the spending to reduce the deficit and get Illinois heading in the right direction. That’s surely too much to even hope for given that the Democrats are in charge, but one can always dream.

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