Tempers Flare As House Passes Temporary Budget


State Capitol -  A stopgap Illinois budget padded with guaranteed state-employee paychecks for July has won House approval but the change delays its delivery to the governor.

The $2.3 billion plan that Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner opposes was endorsed 71-19 Thursday. It must return to the Senate for concurrence because of the pay provision. The previous version included just emergency expenses.

Rauner and Democratic lawmakers are at odds over a year-long plan. The fiscal year began July 1 without state authority to pay its bills.

The pay provision responded to House Republicans' effort to create a state law guaranteeing that state employees get paid regardless of whether there's spending authority -- a move that Democrats mocked as a bank-breaker and buried it in parliamentary procedures.

Meantime, the Illinois Comptroller, unions, and Governor Bruce Rauner’s personnel agency are objecting to a Cook County Circuit Judge’s ruling that only certain workers will get paid until there is a state budget.

Documents filed contests the lower court ruling because “no workers will be timely paid for work already performed” and Illinois will face penalties.

Judge Diane Larsen’s ruling said without a budget, only some workers covered under federal minimum wage laws can be paid.

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