44th District Weekly Update

From Sen. Bill Brady          Send a link to a friend

[October 29, 2007] 

Senate president lets budget veto deadline pass

The Oct. 25 deadline to override the governor's budget vetoes has passed and with it the final opportunity for the Illinois Senate to act on budget vetoes previously voted on by the Illinois House of Representatives.

Senate President Emil Jones, D-Chicago, refused to allow Senate action on all the budget vetoes, which included money for health care workers, guards for prisons that are severely understaffed and a number of programs that help the state's most vulnerable citizens, including veterans, people with developmental disabilities, alcohol and substance abuse patients, people with mental illness, and children with autism.

The governor's budget vetoes offer no savings to taxpayers. The governor does not intend to reduce spending but instead is simply reallocating the funds to other programs that could cost as much as $2.1 billion, more than four times more the amount of the budget vetoes.

The Illinois Constitution says that the Senate must act on the vetoes within 15 calendar days of receiving them from the House. Without any action by Oct. 25, the governor's changes have automatically gone into effect.

[Text from file sent on behalf of Sen. Bill Brady by Illinois Senate Republican staff]

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