Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Alliance Legislative Report (99-29)

Even after the legislature met for two more days this week, there is still no State budget in place as the new fiscal year begins.

With the current stalemate between Governor Bruce Rauner and the Democrat-controlled legislature, there has been no agreement on a spending plan for the new year despite the fact that the legislature has met weekly through the month of June. Without some type of budget (either permanent or temporary) in place soon, at least a partial “government shutdown” is likely.

Wednesday, the Senate approved SB 2040 (Steans, D-Chicago) which contains a one-month temporary State budget that would allow for the continued operation of State government for basic services through July while legislators work on a final budget compromise. The bill was approved along partisan lines on a vote of 37-0-11 and will be sent to the House of Representatives. However, simultaneously the House voted on a substantially similar temporary budget bill (HB 4190) and defeated it on a vote of 67-1-32. 71 votes were required for passage.

Click here to read the rest of the Alliance Legislative Report, including information on IASB's now-available 2015 Digest of Bills Passed.