Posted by Barton Lorimor (@bartonlorimor)
* Ray Long is reporting the Speaker does not yet have the 60 votes needed to remove the sunset date from the income tax hike…
The speaker, talking to reporters the day he was easily elected to a fifth term as Illinois Democratic Party chairman, said voting to keep the personal income tax rate at 5 percent instead of letting it fall to 3.75 percent on Jan. 1 will be a “difficult roll call.”
“Every person in the legislature is going to be called upon to make a budgetary decision — either a reduction budget or an as-is budget or a slight-increase budget,” Madigan said. “And they’ll be called upon to vote for the money to support the budget that they want.”
Madigan also said he is trying to round up votes to increase the state’s minimum wage from $8.25 an hour to $10 an hour or more. “Once we get to 60 (votes needed to pass), we’ll be prepared to call the bill,” Madigan said.