House Passes Budget

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House has approved a scaled-back 2015 budget that lawmakers say will lead to layoffs and further delays in paying the state’s bills.

The approximately $35.7 billion spending plan passed the Democrat-controlled chamber Tuesday. It now moves to the Senate.

Lawmakers drafted the plan after House Speaker Michael Madigan announced his chamber had given up on extending a temporary income tax increase. That will result in a roughly $1.8 billion revenue drop next year.

Democratic Sen. Heather Steans says the proposed budget is “kicking the can down the road” because lawmakers are banking on additional revenue midway through the year.

Senate President John Cullerton says lawmakers could return after the November election and make the tax hike permanent or vote to generate other revenue.

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