State budget for 2015 approved by Illinois House

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SPRINGFIELD - A 2015 budget that lawmakers say will lead to layoffs and further delays in paying the state's bills has been approved by the Illinois House.

After House Speaker Michael Madigan announced his chamber had given up on extending a temporary income tax increase, lawmakers drafted the approximately $35.7 billion spending plan Tuesday.  This plan will result in a roughly $1.8 billion revenue drop next year.

Senator Heather Steans says the proposed budget is "kicking the can down the road" because lawmakers are banking on additional revenue midway through the year.  Senate President John Cullerton said lawmakers could return after the November election and make the tax hike permanent or vote to generate other revenue.

The spending plan now moves to the Senate.

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