State Republicans lay out budget conditions

By WEEK Reporter

February 19, 2014 Updated Feb 20, 2014 at 1:58 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Governor Pat Quinn was scheduled to lay out his budget plan Wednesday. But that didn't happen.

Two weeks ago, Quinn pushed back his budget address until March 26. A week after the Illinois Primary election.

However, the speech's delay is not stopping lawmakers from talking about our cash-strapped state.

Republican leaders gathered at the state Capitol, responding to Democratic Senate President John Cullerton's warning of a $3 billion budget gap.

The Senate Republicans say they want to work with Democrats on a new state budget plan, but there are some conditions.

Like rolling back the income tax increase as promised and implementing additional worker compensation reforms.

"People and families are bleeding from this state. We don't have a choice. There is no budget that can succeed, unless we fix the underline economy of this state," Leader Christine Radogno said.

Democrats say extending the expiring income tax hike will retain $1.6 billion of tax money.

This budget battle is sure to only heat up more as the November election looms.

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