IL House passes temporary budget

Jul 9, 2015


A budget that would temporarily cover state expenses -- including government employees' paychecks passed the Illinois House this afternoon. But there's a big chance it won't ever become law.

The spending plan covers services Democrats say are "critical." The original version stopped there. Now it does more. Political hay has been made over a judge's determination that state workers won't be paid without a budget.  Now, their salaries are covered by the plan too.

After a failed attempt last week, this time Democrats in the House stuck together. They passed the July budget, with the bare minimum number of votes. Here's House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie:

"A one-month funding plan gives us time to put our heads together, to behave like grown-ups, to responsible for the budget, for the full fiscal year."

No Republicans voted for the stop gap plan. 

The measure has to go back to the Senate, where there are enough Democrats to easily pass it next week.

That would put Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner in a tricky spot.  He has repeatedly said he'll do all he can to ensure workers get paid in full, and on time. But he's also on record saying he won't sign a temporary budget, calling this one "unbalanced."