After a week full of Committee meetings, Senate Democrat lawmakers waited until Friday afternoon to skip the Committee process and rush through budget proposals that would increase state spending, lock the state into a permanent 67 percent tax increase and very likely force higher tax increases in the future.

Senator Tim Bivins said the budget measures were passed even though lawmakers from both parties, as well as Illinois citizens, were denied the opportunity to review the fiscal proposals in any meaningful fashion.

Also during the week, Caterpillar’s CEO spoke out about the importance of workers’ compensation reform to Illinois’ jobs creators, and the Civic Federation cautioned that Governor Pat Quinn’s budget plan would make the state’s financial condition worse.

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