Democrats to craft new budget without higher tax

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SPRINGFIELD - Having given up on extending a temporary income tax increase, Illinois House Democrats have begun working on a scaled-back state spending plan.

Governor Pat Quinn wants to make the income tax increase that's set to roll back in January permanent.  However, the House couldn't collect enough support to adopt that plan, which would fund a potential budget of about $38 billion.  The House also rejected a different budget that would've meant large cuts to services.

Speaker Michael Madigan said Monday that work would begin on a "middle-of-the-road" budget that's in line with a revenue estimate of about $34 billion.  Madigan also says a new revenue estimate adds about $189 million to the bank account.
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