Work continued on the state’s budget during the second week of the General Assembly’s summer break and Senate Republicans finalized details on a statewide tour that begins June 16 to promote a long-term plan on prison facility closures, according to Senator Tim Bivins.

On June 11, Governor Rod Blagojevich and legislative leaders from three of the four caucuses – including Senate Republican Leader Frank Watson – met to discuss the state budget passed May 31. The leaders also continue to work with the Governor to negotiate a capital improvement program to address the state’s infrastructure needs in areas such as roads and schools.

Like prior discussions, the June 11 budget meeting in Chicago failed to yield significant progress in resolving a $2 billion gap in spending and state revenues for the upcoming 2009 fiscal year. The state constitution requires a balanced budget.

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