state budget http://wuis.org en Listen To State Week - June 6, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-june-6-2014 <p></p><p>A recap of the end of the just-completed Spring Legislative Session.</p><p></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 19:17:45 +0000 Bob Meyer 26744 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - June 6, 2014 Legislative Recap: What Lawmakers Did & Didn't Do http://wuis.org/post/legislative-recap-what-lawmakers-did-didnt-do <p>The Illinois Legislature adjourned its spring session having passed a new state budget and other key measures, but leaving some business undone. Here's a look at what passed and what didn't: &nbsp;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; BILLS SENT TO GOV. PAT QUINN: &nbsp;<br />Budget: A roughly $35.7 billion budget for 2015 keeps funding flat for schools and most state agencies. Majority Democrats acknowledged the budget is ``incomplete'' because it postpones tough votes about whether to slash spending or find new revenue until after November's election. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 11:56:15 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse & Associated Press 26409 at http://wuis.org Legislative Recap: What Lawmakers Did & Didn't Do Listen To State Week - May 30, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-may-30-2014 <p></p><p>As the Spring Session nears its end, the House and Senate agree on a state spending plan, but a decision on keeping the state income tax at its current level will probably be held off until after November.&nbsp;&nbsp; Also, House Speaker Madigan suggests divorcing the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum from the Illinois State Historic Preservation Agency.</p><p></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 19:27:03 +0000 Bob Meyer 26276 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - May 30, 2014 Listen To State Week - May 23, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-may-23-2014 <p></p><p>No agreement so far on a state budget, while debate continues on whether or not to make the temporary state income tax permanent.</p><p></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 18:47:45 +0000 Bob Meyer 25782 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - May 23, 2014 Listen To State Week - May 16, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-may-16-2014 <p></p><p>This week the Illinois House passed a spending bill that surpasses projected state revenues, leading to more debate over allowing the temporary income tax to expire.&nbsp; Also, judicial action has put the state's pension overhaul on hold.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 19:24:07 +0000 Bob Meyer 25286 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - May 16, 2014 Listen To State Week - March 7, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-march-7-2014 <p></p><p>This week, more discussion of the upcoming primary elections, gun rights activists press for fewer restrictions, and differences of opinion in the state legislature over next year's budget.</p><p></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 19:37:26 +0000 Bob Meyer 20389 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - March 7, 2014 Civic Federation Has Plan To Balance Illinois Budget http://wuis.org/post/civic-federation-has-plan-balance-illinois-budget <p>The Civic Federation is releasing a new proposal it says will balance Illinois' budget, eliminate its bill backlog and reduce taxes. &nbsp;</p><p>The plan includes capping spending to help the state pay off its $5.4 billion backlog of unpaid bills over the next five years. &nbsp;</p><p>It also would extend the state's temporary income tax increase by a year before reducing tax rates gradually, and calls for taxing pension and social security income. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 13:17:27 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse & Associated Press 20065 at http://wuis.org Civic Federation Has Plan To Balance Illinois Budget Report: Deficit Expected Even If Tax Hike Stays http://wuis.org/post/report-deficit-expected-even-if-tax-hike-stays <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Even if Illinois keeps its higher income tax rate, a new report projects the state is headed toward deficit spending.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois residents are paying a 5-percent tax on their income. It's been that way since 2011.</span></p><p>According to a new report from the University of Illinois' Institute of Government and Public Affairs, that tax money helped balance Illinois' budget this year.</p><p>But economist David Merriman, who directed the project, says that won't last.</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 21:30:37 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 11953 at http://wuis.org Report: Deficit Expected Even If Tax Hike Stays