SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House has begun debate on a state budget. And Republicans are objecting to the process.
Majority Democrats began debating legislation making appropriations on Thursday. But the spending which adds up to about $38 billion depends on making a temporary income tax increase permanent. And that hasn’t happened.
Republican Leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs says the GOP will not support extending the income tax that is scheduled to roll back this winter. And he says passing a budget without the revenue to support it is unconstitutional.
He says: “We must stop this reckless pattern of insane spending.”
Durkin says Republicans agreed with Democrats on a revenue estimate of $34 billion. Democrats hope passing a budget calling for more spending will solidify support for the tax vote.