Democrats regroup, craft budget without higher tax

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois House Democrats have given up on extending a temporary income tax increase and have begun working on a scaled-back state spending plan.

Speaker Michael Madigan said Monday that House working groups would begin work on a "middle-of-the-road" budget that's in line with a revenue estimate of about $34 billion.

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn wants to make permanent the income-tax increase that's set to roll back in January. It's costing the typical Illinois taxpayer about $1,100 more this year.

But the House couldn't collect enough support to adopt that plan to fund a budget blueprint of about $38 billion. The House also rejected on Friday a "doomsday" budget that would have meant severe cuts to services.

Madigan says a new revenue estimate adds about $189 million to the bank account.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


JOIN THE CONVERSATION

To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the
Conversation Guidelines and FAQs

Leave a Comment