Illinois Senate Democrats Vote for $5.4 Billion Tax Increase

From US News: Senate Democrats added spending to a budget plan Tuesday to lure more Democratic support before voting to approve a $5.4 billion tax increase without a single Republican “aye.”

With eight days remaining before the General Assembly’s scheduled May 31 adjournment, Democrats said they couldn’t wait any longer to approve a plan and give the House time to weigh in. Approving a budget after that date would require a three-fifths majority.

Illinois has been without a budget since summer 2015. It’s the longest any state has gone without an annual spending plan in modern history. The fiscal year will end June 30 with a deficit pushing $6 billion. The state was behind on paying $14.4 billion in bills as of Tuesday.

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