A report recently issued by a state financial oversight commission shows state budget growth in Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 was almost completely reliant on revenues from the Democrats’ January tax hike, rather than from economic growth or job creation, according to Senator Tim Bivins.

In other news, a majority of board members at the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) were replaced this week in response to controversy surrounding the state’s College Illinois! prepaid tuition program. Additionally, legislation to protect the rights of gun owners was signed into law, and Illinois’ death row was shut down on July 1.

The Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA) issued a report showing that FY 2011 budget growth was due in large part to the 67 percent tax increase pushed though the Legislature during the January lame-duck session.

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