* Capitol News Illinois…
Illinois House Republican leadership will brief their members Monday on a balanced budget proposal that they say the governor’s office won’t listen to, according to an internal caucus memo obtained by Capitol News Illinois on Friday.
“While Governor Pritzker has been occupied hosting cocktail parties, the House Republican Caucus budget team has been working diligently to ensure we are on sound footing offering a budget plan that doesn’t rely on additional tax increases on Illinois families and small businesses,” Deputy Republican Leader Tom Demmer, of Dixon, said in the memo. […]
A one-page summary of the House Republican budget also includes a one-time fund sweep of $375 million from an income tax refund fund, as well as $175 million from a Pritzker-backed plan to incentivize the payment of delinquent taxes. The proposal also includes $212 million in revenue from a state sports gambling expansion.
Steve Brown, a spokesman for House Speaker Mike Madigan, D-Chicago, called the recent news conferences “mumbo jumbo” and pointed to the working groups as ongoing bipartisan budget negotiations.
“Republican leadership probably needs to be checking with their colleagues because as far as I know Republicans have been in all of the budget working groups that have been meeting both on the budget and on capital. I don’t know why they’d feel like they’ve been excluded,” Brown said. “I know the governor is talking with Republicans, so I’m not really clear what they’re being left out of. I don’t really think there is anything but we’re always happy to have their ideas and, hopefully, their support for the budget that gets put together.”
They’re proposing to use a one-time $375 million sweep to fund permanent spending, which is done a lot, but is never a good idea. You gotta replace that money the following year.
* Parents of students getting private school scholarships lobby lawmakers to keep program: Lilia Guevara’s 13-year-old son is going to San Miguel school in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood. She said her visit with her representative, Democrat Theresa Mah didn’t go well but her Senator, Tony Munoz, was very receptive.
* ‘Tax holidays’ for gambling in Illinois have gone on too long