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|Moffitt, Risinger Suggest Passing a Budget Won't Be Quick, Despite New Governor
|Too soon to tell -- that's how two local lawmakers react when asked if the state budget has a chance at being passed on time this year.
State Representative Don Moffitt and State Senator Dale Risinger both say plenty of work needs to be done on the budget Governor Pat Quinn presented to lawmakers Wednesday, as heard live on WGIL. But both say unlike in past years where the process was hung up by then-Governor Rod Blagojevich wanting his way or the highway, working with Governor Pat Quinn should be a much better experience.
Moffitt tells WGIL the process to figure out the budget should start soon. "It'll be quite awhile before we know (when a budget can be passed)," Moffitt said. "There will be some test votes here in the next few weeks to kind of see what kind of support there is for different proposals."
Moffitt says it will be "difficult, but not impossible," to get a budget passed before the end of the regular legislative session.
Risinger tells WGIL politics will play into whether or not a budget gets passed at all.
"As we get down the line, (are) the Democrats willing to pass the tax increase without (Republican) votes?" Risinger suggested. "They can, you know. They have a super majority in the Senate, and a major majority in the House. So they can pass any of the bills they want to. But are they willing to do that without our cooperation? That remains to be seen."
Risinger also says Quinn wants a capital bill voted on first, which is tied to a proposed income tax increase, and he doesn't see how it can be done that way. Risinger opposes an income tax increase. Moffitt says he doesn't think he likes it either, but will look at it.
To hear WGIL's full interviews with Rep. Moffitt and Sen. Risinger, CLICK HERE.
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