Batinick on budget impasse: 'Everyday the situation becomes more and more dire'

Batinick on budget impasse: 'Everyday the situation becomes more and more dire'

"Right now, our state is in real crisis, and the actions we take in the days ahead will determine how history remembers us", said the Republican governor.

If the state doesn't enact a plan that reins in its chronic deficit, S&P warned that IL will likely lose its investment-grade status around July 1. Republicans said they weren't doing anything Democrats haven't also done for years.

The Multi-State Lottery Association last week said it would drop IL at the end of the month if there is no state budget agreement, according to a report.

"This compromise means your paycheck will get smaller, and the state will continue to spend far beyond its means", he said. The Senate adopted a $37.3 billion plan with cuts and an income tax increase.

"I hope this inspires our teachers, our students, so that they can make changes in their society and make change", said Jenkins. It includes a balanced budget with spending caps, property tax relief, workers comp reform, term limits and pension reform. Not as Democrats and Republicans, but as leaders who share bipartisan concern for our state's future.

Republicans say they would be willing to support higher taxes if their other "reforms" are approved.

At the core of their proposal is the Senate Democrats' increase in taxes of 5.4 billion dollars per year that the Dems had passed in the Senate, raising the individual income tax rate to 4.95%, just short of its 2014 level of 5 %, and extending the IL sales tax to certain services.

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The Senate has already advanced a spending plan, but the House - which gathered for a total of about 20 minutes Tuesday, eight of which were technically the "special session" intended for budgetary matters - hasn't tried.

The general assembly will meet in special session starting Wednesday.

The impasse has hit social services and higher education hard, with even more pain expected if there's no budget.

"We have stated unequivocally that a resolution to the governor's budget crisis-which has resulted in eight credit downgrades and tripled the state's debt-must be our top priority".

"It's time to stand up and demand loud and clear what we want: a budget that dramatically changes our state government, turns our whole state system upside-down", Tillman said. The House adjourned last month without taking it up and Rauner's budget chief has said it's heading in the wrong direction. "We've had such little growth and this compromise plan does not bring back the business climate we need to grow the tax pie to be able to afford what people want". Rauner said he could now support that. Ratings agencies have said without a budget, IL will be downgraded to "junk" status.

In an unprecedented move, Rauner made a personal address to the people of Illinois Tuesday. "At the exact same time the governor calls for "unity", he is using the speech to raise campaign cash and spending millions on political attack ads that undermine any attempt at compromise".

Jade Jenkins, Illinois for Educational Equity regional strategy team member, said prior to the vote dozens of school district superintendents traveled to Springfield to lend their voices in support of the Act.

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