Lawmakers were able to pass a budget before the spring session ended. What's missing from that budget, however, is any indication of what will happen after the income tax hike expires Jan. 1. It appears lawmakers are kicking that can down the road, at least until the November election has come and gone.
So what happens now with the income tax vote? Well, key lawmakers claim it will come up for a vote after the November election. Why wait until then to make your voice heard? Take our poll now asking if the temporary income tax hike in Illinois should be made permanent.
Meanwhile, looking back at that state budget, what is up with that? The state budget, currently awaiting the signature of Gov. Pat Quinn, is filled with absurdities. We found 15 of them, in fact.
The bottom line: It'll cost you and make our already bleak financial situation in Illinois worse. One example: this budget diverts $650 million away from funds set up to pay down unpaid bills. Unpaid bills that eventually need to be paid, by you. Wait until you read No. 8 on our list.
It's another example of Springfield politicians kicking the can farther down the road. Legislative leaders insist lawmakers eventually will have to vote on the income tax in Illinois, but thanks to budget gimmicks, that vote will come after the November election. In other words, late enough so politicians avoid angering voters before their election fate is sealed.
Unreal? Sad, but true. Check out the 15 different ways this budget is absurd.