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Budget Deal Headed to Illinois Senate

Budget Deal Headed to Illinois Senate

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The Illinois House has approved a key piece to next year’s budget, but not without some pushback from Republican lawmakers.

It was an after-the-fact vote – approving a resolution setting the spending level for the next fiscal year. Usually that is done before the budget is approved, and it was, but lawmakers passed a revised budget earlier this week which trumped the original estimates.

State Rep. David Harris (R-Arlington Heights) saw the irony in today’s (Thursday’s) vote calling it, “Bass Ackwards.”

“We have spent the money so now we have to come up with a revenue estimate to meet the spending,” said Harris.

The new spending level is nearly $1 billion more than the original estimate.

As for the budget – it’s in the Senate and could be voted on as soon as Friday.

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