Thursday night the Illinois Senate approved the final pieces of a new state budget. Republicans claim it spends too much. But Democrats have their complaints too, even though they're the majority party in both the House and Senate. The budget imposes cuts throughout Illinois government. Republicans complain that isn't enough, hammering the idea that high spending levels would mean the temporary income tax increase will have to be made permanent. But Democrats were attacked from within, too. Senator Kimberly Lightford, a Democrat from Maywood, railed against what she says is too little money for higher education:
"This is not a balanced budget. That is not true. This is underfunding education. Underfunding the poor, the people who need our help , the reason why we're here."
Senator Dan Kotowski, a Democrat from Park Ridge shot back saying the state is broke. He says the budget spends less than the amount of money the state expects to take in. Compared to some budgets of the past, it's a start.
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