SPRINGFIELD – Still no final budget decision in Springfield after the first day of the new fiscal year.
A one-month spending plan proposed from Democratic lawmakers cleared the state Senate Wednesday afternoon but fell short in the House. The $2.2 billion, one-month spending plan was deemed “unconstitutional” by Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget director. Democrats indicate the budget process is a matter of life and death.
“There are real human consequences to the action that you have the ability to vote on today,” says Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago.
Responding to the fiscal crisis brought on by the lack of a budget for Fiscal Year 2016, state Rep. Sue Scherer supported a temporary budget to help maintain services of essential programs, which did not receive enough votes to pass today.
“The number one priority for me is assuring that programs that are vital to the people of Illinois have the funding they need to continue,” said Scherer. “This is a reasonable proposal that will ensure that the sick and elderly get the care they need, and that our neighborhoods can remain safe and protected.”
Included in the one-month proposal that didn’t pass was funding for State Troopers and correction officers, in-home services for individuals with disabilities, and funding for those in foster care.
The governor has yet to make progress with Democrats, who are saying he is “operating in the extreme” by asking them to vote against their “core beliefs” in exchange for allowing Illinois’ bills to be paid.
Illinois began its new fiscal year Wednesday with no operating budget in place and no sign of any sort of compromise between the first-year Republican governor and the Democratic-controlled Legislature.