Senate returns after Democrats push ahead on 'grand bargain'

18 May, 2017, 21:07 | Author: Oscar Goodwin
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Roy Cooper makes remarks during a news conference at Credit Suisse in Morrisville, N.C., May 9, 2017. They also approved to borrow 7 billion dollars to pay down the state backlog of bills. The senate failed to get enough votes to pass a two-year property tax freeze which required a supermajority to pass.

With just two weeks to go before lawmakers are scheduled to head home for the summer, Democratic Senate President John Cullerton said he was done waiting and it was time to act.

"Do ya think it's going to get any better, seriously?"

But it was done largely without the help of Republicans, and the results were uneven, at best.

Illinois Senate Republicans pleaded Wednesday for more negotiation time as Democrats prepared to cut apart a budget compromise plan and remove language requiring all the parts to pass for any to take effect.

And that is to say nothing of the other measures that have yet to be settled - lynchpins of Rauner's agenda. Republicans are holding out for further cuts in spending, and at least a four-year property tax freeze - in exchange for supporting higher taxes.

Republicans refused to support the budget bill - even though it contained some of the ideas they have backed - because there still isn't a deal on key tax issues.

The action was the culmination of months of talks between Democrats and Republicans in the Senate over a massive budget proposal.

Top House Democrats said they would review any measures that may be sent over from the Senate. It will end the budget year June 30 almost $6 billion in debt, and Wednesday, the state's total of overdue bills hit $14.3 billion, a record high. Toi Hutchinson, D-Chicago Heights.

"What happened today was a political show, orchestrated by the Democrats, who are trying to portray political agreements that do not yet exist", Barickman said after the vote.

It's often billed as a "grand bargain" but has never been agreed to by all sides.

Cullerton said lawmakers are close to a bipartisan deal on workers' comp changes, and he would call that bill Thursday.


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