Illinois House Moves Forward On Temporary Budget
An Illinois House committee has endorsed a $2.3 billion stop-gap budget plan. The Executive Committee OK'd the temporary plan 7-4 Wednesday. Democratic Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie said the House will act on the plan Thursday.
Rauner says it would set Illinois on a course of spending too much.
Illinois has been without a budget since the start of the month. Social service agencies say they've been forced to cut programs and lay-off staff. A judge has ruled that state employees cannot be paid until a budget has been signed into law.
It's designed to keep state government operating through July while Democrats in the General Assembly and Rauner wrangle over a long-term budget plan for the fiscal year that began last week.
Despite being asked directly Wednesday, Rauner, a Republican, would not say if he would veto the plan.
Meanwhile, the governor released Wednesday what he said were compromises on his business-climate reforms, and said lawmakers must adopt them before discussing a tax increase Democrats prefer.
Democrats say Rauner's plans for restricting liability lawsuit awards and workers' compensation go against their "core beliefs.''