* The Senate has approved SB 9, which is the tax hike and revenue bill. The bill received 32 votes - all Democrats. Follow along with our live coverage post by clicking here.
…Adding… SB 6, which is the omnibus appropriations bill, has passed with 33 votes and no debate.
*** UPDATE 1 *** ILGOP…
“Senate Democrats’ decision to ram through multiple tax hikes outside a comprehensive jobs and reform package confirms that the entire Democratic Party’s position is to raise taxes while protecting the status quo. First Mike Madigan made clear real reform is not an option, then Democratic candidates for governor began campaigning on raising taxes without reform, and now the Senate Democrats are falling in line. The Democrats moved forward an agenda today that raises income taxes, expands the sales tax and ensures property taxes keep rising.” – Illinois Republican Party Spokesman Steven Yaffe
In 2015, Mike Madigan stated his desire to raise the income tax to 5 percent without reform.
In 2016, Democrats refused to even send Gov. Rauner a balanced budget or pass reforms that voters from both sides support.
And in 2017, Democratic candidates for Governor latched onto the Madigan position – tax hikes without reform.
The News-Gazette notes, J.B. Pritzker “supports a substantial increase in the state income taxes… Pritzker recently told a group of party members that the state income tax should be increased to at least 5 percent, perhaps higher.”
Pritzker now says he opposes a property tax freeze.
Chris Kennedy called reforms to fix Illinois “Bullsh#t” and “stood with Speaker Madigan” against a balanced budget with spending caps and reform.
Daniel Biss, who ran Mike Madigan’s Super PAC, even said he’s open to the idea of taxing retirement income.
And Ameya Pawar believes that “most people will tell you they’re willing to pay more taxes.”
Democratic candidates for Governor support tax hikes without reform. Now, the Senate is following suit.
*** UPDATE 2 *** Press release…
Speaker Michael J. Madigan issued the following statement Tuesday regarding budget bills passed by the Senate:
“The appropriations measures passed by the Senate will be thoughtfully considered by the House Democratic Budget Working Group headed by Representative Greg Harris. Since the beginning of the session, a working group made up of Representatives Harris, Carol Ammons, Kelly Burke, Kelly Cassidy, Fred Crespo, Will Davis, Robyn Gabel, Will Guzzardi, Lisa Hernandez, Elaine Nekritz, Elgie Sims and Michael Zalewski has worked diligently on state budget issues, including passage of a Lifeline Budget. They will thoroughly review the Senate’s proposal and consider it as part of our efforts to pass a full-year balanced budget that will end the budget impasse.”
*** UPDATE 3 *** SGOP Leader Christine Radogno…
My Caucus and I cannot support the Senate Democrats’ budget and revenue package in its current form.
I truly wish we would have been able to come together on a comprehensive solution to the state’s challenges. My biggest concern has always been for the state and its people. I want to avoid further downgrades and fiscal meltdown. I want to help put Illinois on a path to stability.
We need a balanced budget. We need property tax relief. We need significant reforms to reach our goals.
If this package moves to the House, I hope they can approach it in a bipartisan manner and make further progress in all those areas.”