$7 Billion Underfunded Budget Bill Passes in House
on Thursday, May 26, 2016
Senate Bill 2048 appropriates roughly $14 billion that with court order, continuing appropriations, and consent decrees would push state spending over $40 billion.
In addition to overspending, the measure would push income taxes to over 5.5 percent for a 47 percent tax hike. Representative Andersson (R-Geneva) stood with his House Republican colleagues to express disappointment and anger at the broken process that resulted in the $40 billion spending bill—that which 63 voting in favor moves on for further confirmation.
“This spending bill will nearly double our state’s current unpaid bills, and is money our state simply does not have,” said Andersson. “Above all, there was no dialogue involved in this process and we were given no time to review the bill before voting. Debate was cut off and required procedures were denied. Tonight’s debate was nothing short of illegal and any momentum gained from the working groups and the progress being made among the rank and file was all but ruined.”
With the budget impasse nearing its year-long mark, compromise has yet to be achieved. Andersson still remains hopeful that a reasonable solution can be still be met.