Budget bill on hold for new General Assembly


ILLINOIS — House members introduced a short-term plan to help programs in the state without any funding, but lawmakers chose not to vote on it.

The Senate has a bill to add $740 billion to Human Services and another for more than $1 billion for higher education; but lawmakers want the new General Assembly to take the lead on the bill.

The new plan includes an income tax hike to fix the budget deficit. It would also include expanding gambling, hike the minimum wage and borrow billions of dollars to pay down government debt.

A group of lawmakers opposed a tax increase during the lame duck session saying it should be up to the new General Assembly.

The income tax hike would raise the personal rate from 3.75% to 4.95%, raising $4.1 billion a year. In addition, a penny per ounce soda tax would be enacted.

Lawmakers do say something needs to get done during this General Assembly.

The minimum wage could increase to $11 per hour by 2021.

The bill could be reintroduced as early as Wednesday. Several other bills are included in the package to save the state money.

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