Posted tagged ‘Illinois Budget’

Will Governor Pat Quinn Sign Illinois Budget on Thursday?

June 28, 2011

(Springfield, IL) — Gov. Pat Quinn may sign the 2012 state budget Thursday, but the spending plan is not a one-and-done deal.

“The budget is an on-going process,” said Quinn. “We have to work on it 365 days of the fiscal year.”

Quinn, who introduced a nearly $36 billion budget, said he is not happy with the $33.4 billion spending plan that Illinois lawmakers sent him, and he wants more spending in education and human services.

But while Quinn can shift around money in the budget, he cannot order more spending, said state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, D-Chicago.

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Lawmakers Adjourn for Summer, Fail to Agree on Extra $400 Million for Illinois Human Services

June 1, 2011

Child Care Association of Illinois President Margaret Berglind

(Springfield, IL) — The Illinois General Assembly concluded its spring session and adjourned for the summer late last night, but the Illinois House refused to concur with the additional spending recommendations for next year’s Illinois budget made over the weekend by the Illinois Senate.

“Those budget add-ons would have meant more than $400 million in additional appropriations for Human Services agencies,” said Child Care Association of Illinois President Margaret Berglind.

Instead, the House appointed a Conference Committee to work on the bill, but the Senate, however, declined to do so before adjourning.

During concluding remarks, Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) noted that the Senate could be called back into session before the regular veto session in October.

“The House version of the budget is now the final appropriated budget,” said Berglind.

The total budget of $33.2 billion that the legislature sent to Governor Pat Quinn is about $2 billion less that the Governor’s proposed budget. Although total spending is a bit higher than last year’s levels in most areas, the cost of the state pension payments will be covered within this budget and not funded separately as in some previous years.

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Quinn Witholds Judgment on Illinois Budget Approved by Lawmakers which Spends $2 Billion than Governor’s Plan

June 1, 2011

(Springfield, IL) — June 1, 2011. The new Illinois budget may spend less than Gov. Pat Quinn’s original proposal, but it is higher than this past year’s budget and was balanced by delaying the payment of billions of dollars in unpaid bills until this current fiscal year.

“The governor has been clear … that while we put our fiscal house in order, we must continue to protect core priorities,” said Kelly Kraft, Quinn’s budget spokeswoman.

Quinn is “reviewing” the budget’s impact on Illinois human services and schools statewide, Kraft said, which were among those items lawmakers trimmed to reduce spending from Quinn’s $36 billion to $33.2 billion.

House Democratic budget architect Frank Mautino, D-Spring Valley, said the new spending priorities include Illinois’ $4 billion pension payment.

The budget “for the first time doesn’t hide the true costs of state government by taking the pensions off budget,” said Mautino. “We’re making all of our pension payments, which for the past three years we’ve had to borrow” to fund.

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Illinois Senate Sends Gov. Pat Quinn Austere House Budget; Approves Extra $464 Million Supplemental

May 31, 2011

Child Care Association of Illinois President Margaret Berglind

(Springfield, IL) – May 31, 2011. Yesterday, the Illinois Senate passed the Illinois House version of the Illinois budget for next year that will soon go to Governor Pat Quinn’s desk.

“The House version contained significant budget cuts because it relied on a revenue projection about $2 billion less than the Governor Quinn’s proposed budget,” said Child Care Association of Illinois President Margaret Berglind.

The Senate also approved an additional bill that adds $464 million in appropriations to that budget.

That additional spending would restore $7.9 million to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, $13.2 million to Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, $109 million to the Illinois Department of Human Services and $216 million to the Illinois State Board of Education.

“The House must concur with the Senate’s proposed budget add-ons,” said Berglind. “We do not know as of this morning what the sentiment of the House will be as it reviews this additional spending proposal.”

If the House does not concur with that additional spending, then the House version of the budget stands as the final appropriated FY ’12 budget from the General Assembly, Berglind noted.

The legislature is scheduled to adjourn by midnight, tonight, May 31.

Illinois House Will Have Budget Finished Next Week, Says Rep. Luis Arroyo

May 10, 2011

(Springfield, IL) — As the clock ticks closer to the May 31 budget deadline, Illinois lawmakers are rushing to find the magic fiscal number with some legislators expecting final figures by next week.

Budget plans in the Illinois House for higher education, public safety and general services are headed for full debate this week, while agreements on elementary and high school education and human services are close to a resolution.

“The House will have the budget done by next week,” state Rep. Luis Arroyo, D-Chicago, said.

Unlike previous years, the Illinois House has delegated a larger role for its budget committees in determining next fiscal year’s budget. The chamber set last Friday as the informal deadline to finalize detailed numbers for its estimated $33.2 billion total budget for next fiscal year.

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Radogno, Cullerton Clash on Illinois Budget

April 18, 2011

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois Senate Republicans and Democrats agree that cuts are a must to balance next year’s budget, but they argue over exactly how to do it.

After the Senate on Friday passed several measures to make payments to state pension funds, Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, said they would have to slash about $1.2 billion from Gov. Pat Quinn’s $35.4 billion budget to balance the checkbook for the next fiscal year.

Cullerton said he wants to see lawmakers in the coming weeks suggest changes to the approximately 40 different pieces of legislation that make up Quinn’s proposed budget, a move Cullerton said would make the process more “open and transparent.”

“We’re not suggesting going behind closed doors, and having a take it or leave it plan that we dump on the desk of the members,” said Cullerton.

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Illinois Democratic House Lawmakers Promise “Tough Choices” on Illinois Budget

April 12, 2011

(Springfield, IL) — There are going to be some tough decisions made in Springfield.  And not everyone is going to be happy with the outcomes.

The Illinois House’s appropriations committees will be outlining in the coming weeks specific spending amounts for next year’s Illinois budget, a power they haven’t exercised in many years, said State Rep. William Davis, D-East Hazel Crest, who heads the committee that will divvy up funds for elementary and high school education.

In recent years, the General Assembly has typically deferred a lump sum to the governor, allowing him to take control over the specific details in the budget.

Davis said he’s “excited” about the House’s decision to take a more hands-on approach.

“Here’s an opportunity to really get into what these programs do. How (are) they helping people? Are they helping people? Is the amount of money they receive worthy of that?” Davis said.

House committees have held hearings since January to learn more about specific programs and agencies vying for spots in the budget.

For elementary and high school education, informal talks began last week to decide on the exact numbers, but it’s still too soon to tell, Davis said.

“As bills start to float out of committee, you’ll be able to see right away who exactly is on the chopping block, who’s receiving level funding or for that matter who may even be reduced, or in some cases may lose their funding,” Davis said.

The committee will decide on $7 billion, or about 28 percent of the general revenue fund, a number based on budgets from previous fiscal years.

State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, D-Chicago, who chairs the House Appropriations-Human Services Committee, is dealing with a $12-billion budget, or 50 percent of the general revenue fund. She said the task of carving up that amount “daunting,” but remains optimistic about the outcome.

“It’s not fun to have to make the tough choices, but it’s what these very challenging times are calling for right now,” Feigenholtz said. “Watching government become more efficient and us more accountable with the taxpayers dollars is a clear message we got in the last 12 months.”

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