Springfield - Lawmakers are focusing on budgets
as they returned to the State Capitol on Tuesday.
If lawmakers delay any action on the
budget crisis it could be costly for the state and schools. 89-percent from the
previous year is the number local school districts go by each year to figure
out the upcoming fiscal budget.
Governor Pat Quinn was slated to
give his budget address on Wednesday, but two weeks ago lawmakers voted to
allow him to give his address in March.
Senator, Andy Manar told WAND news
that the speech is not the key to the situation. " I think what's more
important is the final product. Whether
the speech was given this week, or now it's going to be the end of March, I
think what's more important than the timing of the speech is the process that we
put into place at the legislative level."
Some school districts are disappointed
with the delay, others say they agree with Manar.
Lawmakers will meet during budget
appropriation panels this week. They hope the panels will help speed up the
process of passing a budget once they know the governor's budget proposal.
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