Illinois Senate approves temporary budget

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The Illinois Senate has approved over the complaints of Republicans a one-month, temporary budget to keep state government operating.

The $2.3 billion spending plan covers "essential" services such as police protection but adds payroll for all 64,500 state workers. The vote was 39-0 with 15 "present" votes.

The measure now goes to Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. He opposes a temporary budget during a spending standoff between the governor and Democratic majorities in the General Assembly.

Rauner's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The two sides have been locked in a battle over the budget for weeks. Rauner vetoed a $36 billion blueprint fashioned by Democrats who acknowledged it wasn't balanced. They say a tax increase is necessary but Rauner disagrees.

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5 comments

  • Daniel Cox

    Rauner needs only to let the Budget Bill “sit” on his desk for 30 Days and let it die! No need to Veto it and let them Over ride his Veto…just let it sit there for 30 days and Die.

  • Upset in Illinois

    Who in the world voted for Rauner, and how long does it take to impeach a governor? Sorry, Mr. Rauner, but you can’t just cut off programs for the neediest people overnight. To fix this budget crisis, you simply can’t have a standoff over policies you want to help business owners. This is not a business you are running. It is government. Programs and budgets take time to change and fix. I’m sure there are lots of ways state funding can be lowered by modifiying programs by using reasonable standards. This will not happen within a month or two months or even three. Nothing this big can be solved overnight. Shutting down the government leads to so many problems you can’t even think of. And shutting down the government over a problem that cannot be resolved quickly is the equivalent of nothing but nonsense and disregard for anyone but yourself and your own interests. Standing on a platform over lowering worker’s compensation benefits is going to lead to never ever passing a budget. That is money that goes to people who got hurt on the job and can’t work…you are not going to get much sympathy in trying to get that passed. And term limits….come on…everyone knows that you are only insisting on that because you want to get rid of everyone in the Illinois House and Senate so that they can vote to support your cause. Be reasonable here. You can’t walk into a whole mess of years and years of chaos and solve it overnight. But, you’re a republican, so I guess you probably think that you can….just like the other republicans who bash our president because he couldn’t fix the US economy overnight. Please use some common sense here and think like someone who is in charge of so many people’s lives. If you want to fix the broken budget, at least agree to something temporary so lives, jobs and programs can at least survive until a reasonable and at least mildly fair resolution can be made.

    • Brian

      This state has over 42% of the population on welfare and less then 50% of the population working so this is a big issue when taxpayers have to pay for people that are not willing to find a job to support themselves. To have a balance budget the state needs more than 70% of the population working to be in the black and put strict regulations back on medicaid and snap. These state services are to be temporary not permanent like they have been for the last 30 years. the tax payers can’t keep paying for it and have the state budget be in the black. The state also needs to let business back in the state so people like me that want to work can find work. Back in the 70’s you was only able to have food stamps for 6 months and medicaid for a year and you was cut off if you did not find work that was at least 18 hours a week. Also it was a look down on to be on state aid. Now you have generations on food stamps and state aid and not wanting to work. (this is mostly with the female population wanting to leave the house and then get knock up just to get on state aid and the father not wanting take financial responsibility). This break up families because the female can get on state aid and have all their bills paid for and the father of the child can do what they want and not have to be responsible for the child. This is also a issue that needs to be address with making the budget balanced.

      • Upset in Illinois

        Brian, I agree with what you’re saying, but the State Aid/Medicaid issue and lack of jobs and businesses is not just a state issue…It’s a nationwide issue. Of course, people are strongly abusing the State Aid, but I don’t believe the current budget standoff is over any of these issues. From what I have heard, it is more about cutting social services to children, people with disabilities and mental health issues, to name a few. Not only will those needing services lose their services, but the people working in these fields will also lose their jobs. So maybe some measures to help business might create jobs, but there is no guarantee of that. And yes, unfortunately there are a lot of people who are not looking for work and living off state funds, but it does not appear that any of these issues are coming up in the current budget standoff. The cuts to be made are largely to limit services to people who are not responsible for their situations (kids, people with illnesses and disabilities), Furthermore, the government shutdown means that many hard-working people currently working full-time plus, will not receive paychecks for the work that they have done. With the current state of the economy, unexpectedly not getting paid for months on end, can lead to financial ruin for employed people, who will soon be looking for jobs too, because their current job is not paying them. That would only add more people to the pool of job-seekers. Regardless of how the budget imbalance is addressed, if something temporary can’t be passed, there will be many employed people unable to pay for their homes, cars, food, gas to go to work. People who need help from social services may be roaming the streets, committing crimes and going to jail, where the state then pays for their living expenses.

        Yes, the medicaid issue needs to be addressed. It is much too commonplace for girls of all ages to get pregnant and then live off of state funds. And yes, many of these people, and others make no effort to look for work, or go to school. This is an enormous issue that needs to be worked on and be reformed, but right now there is nothing in place to address this anywhere, in any state in the country. And there is little to no incentive to get off of Public Aid. As soon as your income goes up over the poverty line, which is very low, you can get no assistance for anything. Most people in the middle class with full-time jobs don’t make enough money to live at any level of comfort. The cost of living is just too high, with salaries getting lower and lower. This is a huge issue that needs a lot of work to address, and will not be resolved in a month or two, and also must be addressed by the entire country. And this is not what the budget fight is over. Trust me, the state doesn’t cut medicaid funding over these budget talks. They just don’t pay the doctor’s and other healh care workers and faciilties that see the Medicaid patients, in at all of a timely manner. But they certainly don’t cut funding to these programs.

  • TStrong

    Budget ideas – cut the funding – (not all but some cuts) to the programs that have high pensions- maybe the people receiving pensions will have their kids and grand kids move back home and then maybe some real work can be done – cut sate employees by 20% – i know it sounds bad, but my company did a 20% cut a few years back and we all survived.