Tough week ahead for state lawmakers

By WEEK Producer

May 26, 2014 Updated May 26, 2014 at 8:44 PM CDT

BLOOOMINGTON, Ill. -- State lawmakers are in Springfield for the last week of the spring session.

They have a tough week ahead as they work on next year's budget. A balanced budget must be passed by May 31.

One of the big issues is whether or not the temporary income tax hike should made permanent.

State Representative Dan Brady says lawmakers should let it expire like promised.

"We have a big hole within the state's budget to fill without that income tax increase becoming permanent, but we're going to have to make those adjustments,” said Brady. “We're going to have to do that tough belt-tightening and we're going to have to work together in order to try and fill that hole in Springfield."

Another topic of discussion this week will be the minimum wage.

The House has approved a plan to ask voters on the November ballot whether the state should increase the wage to $10 an hour.

The measure is now in the Senate.

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