Illinois House Moves Forward On Temporary Budget

 
In this Jan. 9, 2015 file photo, Illinois lawmakers listen to Speaker of the House Michael Madigan in Springfield.

In this Jan. 9, 2015 file photo, Illinois lawmakers listen to Speaker of the House Michael Madigan in Springfield.

(AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

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.''

Story source: AP