The Illinois Constitution says lawmakers must pass a budget for a fiscal year that “shall not exceed funds estimated by the General Assembly to be available during that year.”
In previous years, the House and Senate would pass a joint revenue estimate resolution for the coming fiscal year’s budget. However, that hasn’t happened for the past two years – the same amount of time the state’s been without a full-year spending plan. Republican state Rep. Keith Wheeler, R-Oswego, said not passing the revenue estimate doesn’t give taxpayers the whole picture.
“We’re not really trying to be honest with taxpayers,” Wheeler said. “Until we get a revenue estimate adopted, we’re just playing with the money and this isn’t Monopoly money, this is actual real people’s money…”Click HERE to read the full article from the Illinois News Network.
Illinois News Network Not passing a revenue estimate resolution is not being honest with taxpayers, which is why one lawmaker said he’s filed two measures requiring a revenue estimate before any budget bills are passed.