Crucial “decoupling” bill falls way short in House
Wednesday, Jan 13, 2021
* A bill that would separate the state from a federal tax break and which Democrats said would prevent as much as a $1 billion state revenue hit received just 50 votes tonight - 10 shy of the minimum passage number. Here’s the screen shot…
There was some debate over whether the bill had been properly put on the order of Postponed Consideration, which would allow another floor vote. But the Democrats brushed back the challenge (of course) and now the governor can try to run it again.
By my late-night eyes, 11 House Democrats voted “Present” or “No,” and another 8, including Speaker Madigan, didn’t vote. Several members of the Black Caucus did not vote for the bill.
This is a huge setback for the governor. He absolutely has to pass this bill to save his budget.
* But there were some very significant complaints about the Illinois Department of Revenue only figuring out about this budget hole in December and not informing legislators until this month. Other states, like New York, were all over this in the spring…