* The Senate Republicans said they won’t work cooperatively with the Democrats on the budget without some preconditions being met…
Answering a challenge from Democrats to present a counter plan, the GOP lawmakers announced their list of demands Wednesday at a Capitol news conference. Earlier this week, Democratic Senate President John Cullerton warned of a $3 billion budget hole next year. That includes a $1.6 billion revenue dip if the state’s temporary income tax increase expires as scheduled in January 2015, as well as about $1.3 billion in increased costs to required programs and services.
“If they want us to work with them, there are (several) things they’re going to have to recognize and commit to,” Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno of Lemont said, noting numerous GOP budget proposals have been “mocked” and “buried in committee” in past years.
* And here’s what they want…
* The temporary income tax increase to be allowed to phase out, as is called for under current law.
* A proposal to amend the state’s Constitution to allow for a graduated income tax to be taken off the table.
* The approval of a workers’ compensation reform bill that includes a requirement that employees prove they were hurt on the job.
* A prohibition on new programs and the expansion of existing programs in the FY 15 budget.
* Attorney General Lisa Madigan to request that the Illinois Supreme Court speed up its ruling on the pension changes that were recently passed into law.
* More aggressive implementation of the cost-saving Medicaid reforms approved in 2012.
What, no kitchen sink?
* Oh, wait. Here it is…
Republicans said school aid needs to be changed to eliminate a block grant for Chicago that takes millions of dollars away from suburban and downstate schools