Budget countdown in Springfield
In Springfield there is a budget battle underway– while it takes place Friday, it is all about the legislative and gubernatorial races of Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner come November.
The senate is debating a budget that the house passed a few days ago It is an unbalanced budget with no vote expected on the temporary 67 percent tax hike of four years ago to five percent which is set to expire in January.
Republicans believe that the vote to make the tax permanent will come in December during a lame duck session.
In the meantime don’t expose democrats running for reelection at the polls in November and don’t give Bruce Rauner any more ammunition than he already has.
On the senate floor Friday republicans accused their democratic counter parts of repetitive fiscal irresponsibility.
Matt Murphy (R) State Senator: “Thus budget by your own admission takes us back to the borrow and spend priorities that put us in the whole in the first place You are going back to the conditions that created the problem in the first place and you are doing it willingly.”
Kirk Dillard (R) State Senator: “The state’s credit rating has been downgraded five times since the tax hike. We now have the worst credit rating in America What does this budget do to improve our state credit rating?”
But senate president John Cullerton’s floor leader Dan Kotowski shrugged off those criticisms saying they are required by law to fund programs like child care and senior care, prisons and schools.
Dan Kotowski (D) State Senator: “Sir I don’t work for the credit agencies I work for the people of Illinois we are doing our best to help these taxpayers that we work for.”