Friday, August 14, 2015

Alliance Legislative Report (99-32)

August 14, 2015
STILL NO RESOLUTION IN BUDGET STANDOFF
The Illinois General Assembly continues to meet periodically in the Capitol but no budget agreement has yet been reached between Governor Bruce Rauner and the Democrat leadership in the legislature. Little has been accomplished during the brief sessions that have been held each week this summer other than each side assigning blame to the other for the budget predicament. With the education budget signed into law paving the way for schools to open on time, and with the Governor and the courts allowing State employees to be paid for their work in July, there has been no real pressure point to bring the two sides together.

There was some movement this week on an appropriations bill that will allow the State to access additional federal funding for some social services. The Senate will take that measure up again to review a House amendment to the bill when it returns next week. The House of Representatives is scheduled to return to the Capitol on August 25.

Click here to read the entire Alliance Legislative Report, including updates to the list of education-related bills signed into law.