Democrats expected to advance 2016 budget plan

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ Democrats in the Illinois Legislature are expected to advance a 2016 budget proposal on Tuesday that Republicans are criticizing as unbalanced.

House Speaker Michael Madigan says Democrats are looking to Gov. Bruce Rauner to help them pass a tax increase to make up the more than $3 billion difference in the $36.3 billion spending plan he announced Monday Democrats were crafting.

Madigan calls the proposed budget a “more balanced approach” that protects vulnerable and middle-class residents.

But GOP Gov. Rauner says he wants some of his legislative agenda approved first before he consents to raising taxes.

Rauner’s spokesman calls Democrats’ plan a “broken” budget.

Illinois faces an approximately $6 billion deficit in the budget year that begins July 1.

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