The budget being expected to be pushed through the General Assembly Friday does not count on extending the 2011 income tax hike. But Republicans say they can "see through" the Democrats' plan to revisit the income tax after the November election.
After Democratic leadership gave up on attempting to keep Illinois income tax at five percent, the House pushed through what Democrats call a "middle of the road" budget. It taps into other revenue sources and relies on delaying payments to vendors in order to keep spending relatively flat.
Republican members of the Illinois House are trying to head off a post-election tradition... taking up controversial legislation when it's too late for voters to do anything about it.
Rewind to January, 2011. Newly-elected members to the General Assembly were about to be sworn in. But before the turnover, the old General Assembly took a few final votes. Support from retiring legislators and those who'd lost their elections helped pass laws, like one that abolished the death penalty, and another that increased Illinois' income tax.