Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker Mike Madigan | Image Source
House lawmakers are poised to start moving portions of the state budget this afternoon, but while they are prepared to vote on the spending side it’s unclear if they’ll have enough support to extend an income tax hike increase to pay for it.
House appropriations committees are scheduled to hold hearings on the $38 billion plan this afternoon despite questions from critics who contend it’s irresponsible to pass a spending plan without having enough revenue to pay for it. If the tax increase is allowed to expire as scheduled beginning January, the budget would be about $4 billion short.
House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, said there’s still plenty of time to pick up votes for the tax increase before the May 31 adjournment deadline, saying the strategy is aimed at building support based on the services lawmakers want to provide back home.