|SPEND LESS: The Illinois Policy Institute's budget
solutions all revolve around spending less. But the group fully expects the General
Assembly to ignore their budget solutions.
"It's a budget solution, a road map forward for lawmakers to keep their
promise to us," said Kristina Rasmussen, vice president for the Illinois
Rasmussen is referring to the 2011 temporary tax increase, which lawmakers
promised to roll back next year.
Gov. Pat Quinn has said he has to make that tax permanent to avoid cuts in
Illinois lawmakers are talking about doomsday budgets — if they only have
$34.2 billion to spend. GOP lawmakers say with the 2011 tax increase
extended, state spending could grow to almost $38 billion.
"In order to meet that (2011) promise, they need to start balancing their
budget, get back on the right track, do the right thing," Rasmussen added.