"Incomplete" budget passes the Illinois Legislature
SPRINGFIELD - A $35.7 billion budget that Democrats have acknowledged as "incomplete" has been approved by the Illinois Legislature.
On Friday, the Senate approved the 2015 budget with no GOP support. The House approved it earlier in the week. Republicans call the budget irresponsible, and Democratic Senator Dan Kotowski calls the plan "incomplete," but says it's the best budget lawmakers can pass this year.
Leading Democrats wanted to make Illinois' temporary income tax increase permanent, but didn't have enough "yes" votes in the House to do so. The result is a budget that doesn't account for increased costs next year.
Democrats say Illinois could see massive cuts and layoffs should new revenue not be found. The GOP warns Democrats are planning to return after the November election and make the tax increase permanent.