Budget Battle Heats Up Again

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SPRINGFIELD – Lawmakers are back in Springfield today. They’ll be facing a critical decision about whether to try to reverse Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of the state budget lawmakers passed in the spring.

Rauner vetoed the budget in June, calling it “unbalanced” and “unconstitutional.”

“I can’t believe they did it again,” Rauner told WAND reporter Doug Wolfe shortly after lawmakers passed the budget.

The budget passed by the Democratic controlled legislature exceeds revenues by at least $4 billion. Democrats want tax increases to help close the gap. Rauner wants Democrats to sign off on some “pro-business” reforms before he’ll consider raising taxes.

Democrats have majority control of the Senate. They’ll also need to consider when to vote on a temporary one-month budget plan the House returned last week.

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