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Bivins calls state budget plan ‘fiscal gimmickry’

Published: Saturday, May 31, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

Local lawmakers voted along party lines this week in Springfield on a new state budget that was passed by both houses and now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn.

State Sen. Tim Bivins and state Reps. Tom Demmer, Don Moffitt and Brian Stewart, all Republicans, voted against the budget. State Sen. Mike Jacobs and state Rep. Mike Smiddy, both Democrats, voted to support the plan.

The Senate passed the budget Friday, while the House approved it earlier in the week.

Democrats are in the majority of both.

Bivins, in a news release, said he couldn’t support the $35.4 billion budget “because it increases spending and relies on one-time revenues and other fiscal gimmickry.”

“All session long, Democrat legislative leaders have been focused on finding more and more revenue to spend, rather than concentrating on making the best use of the resources we have right now,” Bivins, of Dixon, said.

“It became apparent that they did not have the support of the public – or their own members – but they still passed a budget that requires revenues we do not have.

“Watch for a vote on the income tax in November, after the election.”

Bivins was referring to a proposal by the governor to make a temporary income tax increase approved in 2011 permament.

Senate Republicans on Friday called on their Democratic colleagues to join them in opposing any tax increase offered in the lame-duck session of the General Assembly.

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