General Assembly works through dozens of budget bills

By WEEK Producer

May 15, 2014 Updated May 15, 2014 at 10:38 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The Illinois General Assembly spent Thursday working through dozens of separate budget bills moving toward a spending guide for the state.

Democrats pushed bills which are $3 billion more than a bipartisan committee's recommendation.

Republicans say that passing the bills as proposed amounts to making the Governor's tax increase a permanent reality.

" Doesn't your appropiation bill assume the tax increase is permanent, not temporary," said Representative Ron Sandack .
"No."
'How is it we're gonna pay for it then, Sir?"
"My job is just to get this bill outta the floor and pass it. I'm not gonna tell you how we're gonna pay for it just yet.'
"...moans from House members..."
"I'm sorry, could you repeat that?"
"Unnnn...No," said Forrest Hill

Of the 30 budget bills considered Thursday, only the one for the Insurance Department failed to get approval from Democrats.

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