IL Budget Action Could Begin in House Thursday

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House could begin considering legislation to craft a state budget, but Republicans say the process is backward.

Majority Democrats are expected to start voting on appropriations bills Thursday. Together, the measures resemble the $38 billion spending plan proposed by Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. His plan relies on a temporary income tax — set to roll back in January — becoming permanent.

Approval for that is far from certain in the House.

Speaker Michael Madigan says adopting the spending plan first will show fence-sitters the types of programs that can be funded if the tax increase is made permanent. Democrats say allowing the increase to drop would mean devastating cuts.

Senate Democrats are on board for the tax increase. But key members disagree with the House approach.

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