House Republicans push for balanced budget requirement

By WEEK Producer

March 22, 2013 Updated Mar 22, 2013 at 9:44 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois House Republicans say they want to make sure the state sticks to its balanced budget requirement.

The Republicans want a law that would allow the Illinois Auditor General to determine if the state's budget is really balanced.

If expenses exceed expected revenue, then automatic budget cuts will take place directly affecting the General Assembly members.

"If he says expenses exceeds revenue, then what happens? We don't get paid. Members of the General Assembly don't get paid. Constitutional officers don't get paid. Services to the state of Illinois stops, except for essential service," said Rep. Bill Mitchell, (R) 87th District.

Critics of the GOP proposal say there is nothing stopping the General Assembly from passing a totally balanced budget right now if they wanted to.