SPRINGFIELD - Friday, members of the House Republican caucus joined with State Rep. Bill Mitchell (R-Decatur) to call for a balanced budget amendment to the Illinois Constitution that "has teeth."
House Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 32 would allow 30 days after the passage of the state's budget for the independent Illinois auditor general office to certify whether the proposed budget is indeed balanced, Mitchell said. If the auditor finds the budget is not balanced, lawmakers, state officers and non-public safety state employees will not be paid until a balanced budget is passed.
"Lawmakers will then have ten days to reconvene and pass a real balanced budget," Mitchell said.
But will House Speaker Mike Madigan allow a floor vote on HJR 32, to proceed to the Senate and then to the voters for an up or down balanced budget amendment?
"The question should be why wouldn't the Speaker allow a vote?" State Rep. Ed Sullivan said.