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Illinois Democrats and Republicans battle over doomsday budget scenario

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[April 03, 2014]  By Benjamin Yount

SPRINGFIELD  Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and the top Democrats in the Illinois Legislature say they want to make the 2011 "temporary" income tax increase permanent.

Last month, Quinn presented a budget based on spending at least $36 billion provided by the tax increase. House Speaker Mike Madigan, D-Chicago, has said he expects a vote on the tax hike by the end of May.

But Illinois lawmakers are still pushing a doomsday scenario in the budget-making process.

"We are using, as a base of our revenue, the amount of money the House and Senate agreed will be available," Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, said Wednesday.

That's about $34 billion.

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BE HONEST: Hayes says there is a budget deal, and Democrats are making a show of painful budget cuts.

GOP state Rep. Chad Hayes, R-Danville, isn't buying it.

[This article courtesy of Illinois Watchdog.]

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