Ill. lawmakers pass $42B budget
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KFVS) - Members of the Illinois House and Senate passed the FY 2022 state budget late Monday night into early Tuesday morning.
The passage of the more than $42 billion budget was opposed by southern Illinois Republicans.
They said the more than 3,000 page measure was rushed through the House by Democrats in a “take-it-or-leave-it” move.
“The Illinois FY 22 budget will spend just north of $42 billion, and I was given around 5 minutes to read the 3,000 page bill,” said State Rep. Patrick Windhorst (R-Metropolis) in a released statement. “Besides being humanly impossible for anyone to fully understand, it is the height of irresponsible government to do the business of the people under the cover of darkness at midnight on Memorial Day weekend.
State Rep. Dave Severin echoed Windhorst’s statement.
“The Illinois FY 22 budget spends more than $42 billion, includes an $1,100 pay raise for legislators, spends $1 billion in pork projects for Democratic politicians,” stated Severin. “I was given a little less than ten minutes to read the final product. I cannot in good faith vote to spend taxpayer money this way.”
State Senator Terry Bryant stated in a Facebook post “In typical fashion, the majority in the General Assembly snuck a budget through in the dead of night.”
Illinois Republican Party Chairman Don Tracy said Democrats should be ashamed of passing the budget.
“This year’s budget, like last years, was passed in the dead of night with no legislators actually reading the bill,” said Tracy in a released statement. “It features new spending, higher taxes on small businesses, legislator pay raises, and extra perks for politicians.”
The measure now heads to Governor JB Pritzker’s desk for consideration.
The budget was based on tax revenue sources that rebounded much faster from the global pandemic than expected, which included $2.5 billion in spending from a multiyear federal relief package.
The plan incorporated just a portion of the $8 billion Illinois expects in COVID-19 relief money that Congress approved last winter - but that pot includes $1.5 billion in additional construction projects.
House Majority Leader Greg Harris pronounced a balanced budget that reinstates $350 million extra for public schools that was promised annually in a 2017 school-funding overhaul.
FY 2022 begins July 1.
Lawmakers also passed legislation to tighten ethics rules.
State Rep. Windhorst supported the measure but said “much more work remains to be done.”
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