State lawmakers spent hours in committees during the week of March 9-13 to meet the deadline for committee action, and Republican legislative leaders pushed for a statewide capital investment plan to create jobs and address the state’s transportation and construction needs, according to Senator Tim Bivins.

Republican legislative leaders Christine Radogno of Lemont and Tom Cross of Oswego met March 11 to outline their ideas for a public works program. They focused on initiating negotiations between the four legislative caucuses to generate a bipartisan package that could be supported by the Governor and lawmakers from both parties.

Senator Bivins said that the state needs a capital plan, but there is widespread opposition to funding it with a tax increase. Senator Radogno and Representative Cross are proposing a funding alternative that wouldn’t place additional strain on taxpayers, but would instead use increased revenues from a gaming expansion.

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