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Lawmakers Continue 2015 Budget Talks

Wed, 28 May 2014 14:43:32 CDT
By: AP

The Illinois Legislature is continuing talks on a 2015 budget that lawmakers say could lead to layoffs and an even bigger backlog of unpaid bills. A Senate committee is scheduled to hear testimony Wednesday on the approximately $35.7 billion budget. The House approved the spending plan Tuesday, though House Speaker Michael Madigan has not yet sent it to the Senate for a vote in that chamber. Leading Democrats pushed for making Illinois' temporary income tax increase permanent.

But House Democrats didn't have enough ``yes'' votes to do so. That resulted in a budget with flat funding for schools and most agencies, but doesn't account for increased costs. Democratic Rep. Greg Harris says that means ``thousands'' of state workers could lose their jobs. Illinois' overdue bills also are expected to grow.

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