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State

Budget fails; lawmakers to try, try again

Speaker Madigan still wants tax hike

SPRINGFIELD (AP) – House Speaker Michael Madigan said Friday that lawmakers will try again to draft a 2015 budget after the House overwhelmingly rejected a budget plan that would have made deep cuts to schools and social services next year in a vote one Republican critic called “all theater.”

Friday’s roughly $35 billion budget was developed by Democratic leaders after it became clear there wasn’t enough support in the House for an earlier spending plan that relied on extending Illinois’ temporary income tax increase.

The new budget proposal was intended to motivate lawmakers opposed to the tax hike to rethink their position by demonstrating what some have called the “doomsday” impact of losing that revenue.

Lawmakers voted down the budget, which was widely expected to fail, by a vote of 107-5. Only Democrats voted for the plan.

Madigan said afterward that he will continue to press legislators to approve extending the tax hike. But he said they will work toward another spending plan that doesn’t rely on it. The plan also will need support from the Illinois Senate.

Both chambers ad­­journed for the weekend and will return Monday for the final week of the current session.

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