With a month to go until the General Assembly’s scheduled May 31 adjournment, Senate Democrats advanced a handful of budget measures that Senator Tim Bivins said would lock Illinois into a permanent tax increase, and quite possibly force tax hikes higher than the 67 percent increase already passed this year.
Also during the week, the Senate advanced controversial legislation that seeks to provide children of undocumented immigrants with greater access to higher education.
While Senate Republicans acknowledged the modest efforts made by Senate Democrats to reduce spending in the budget documents advanced May 4, a number of the so-called “cuts” were actually increases over the Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 budget. Senator Bivins explained that while reductions were made from the Governor’s recommended spending levels for the FY 2012 budget, spending under the Democrats’ plan still exceeds spending for FY 2011." />
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