House Speaker Michael Madigan proposed a new Illinois budget that passed in the Illinois House of Representatives on Wednesday. The Budget has been widely criticized by Republicans, and some Democrats, because it spends nearly 7 billion dollars more than the state is projected to receive in revenue. The bill will go to the Senate next. Effingham Radio News spoke to local State Senators Dale Righter (IL 55) and Kyle McCarter (IL 54) about their thoughts on the new spending bill. (Full interviews below)
State Senator Dale Righter, of Illinois’ 55th District, suggested that although many Democrats are opposed to this type of spending bill, they might not do much to stop it in the Senate.
Righter also said that the passage the House Spending Bill could have widespread consequences for state. State overspending could deter businesses from coming to state, or encourage ones that are already here to leave. The price tag could be even higher for Illinois families.
State Senator Kyle McCarter of Illinois’ 54th District said that the state should be more “honest” with people about what it can provide them when there aren’t funds available to follow through.
The Governor’s Office has suggested that Rauner will Vito the bill if comes to desk. Senator McCarter said that the spending bill has irresponsible and that he would support a gubernatorial Vito. Senator Righter also said that he would support a Vito. Senator McCarter called the bill “unbelievable” and a “fantasy.”
The deadline for the Spring Legislative Session is May 31st, under a week away. After that date the budget will require a super-majority to pass. Senator Righter said that a compromise could be found before the end of the session, but is unlikely.
Full Interview – State Senator Dale Righter (IL 55):
Full Interview – State Senator Kyle McCarter (IL 54):