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Illinois Budget

Behind The Budget Vote In Springfield

The ruling class politicians in Illinois' General Assembly passed yet another unbalanced budget. Leaders from both parties are taking victory laps on this flawed spending plan. What discussions were taking place behind closed doors prior to the vote? Were rank and file legislators really united?  Why did a group of courageous Republicans vote no against tremendous pressure from their leader? Upstream Ideas went to Springfield the day before the vote to get the scoop on the actual budget process and find out at what negotiations were really like. 

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Politicians are patting themselves on the back for passing a budget by the May 31 deadline, but what is really in the bill? Did any lawmakers even read the 1,245-page budget before voting? On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Wirepoints President Ted Dabrowski talk to state Rep. Allen Skillicorn, R-East Dundee and one of the rare 'no' votes on the budget, about the details of the massive spending plan and the process to pass it. Dabrowski also gives his thoughts on how the budget fails taxpayers, and Proft and Dabrowski talk about the delusion of some Springfield lawmakers who think Illinois is on "the right track."

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Is everyone in the state willing to write a check for $50,800 to send to Springfield to catch government up with its unfunded pensions? Not to mention the City of Chicago’s pension debt and the other 651 cities in Illinois not funding theirs. Founder and CEO of Truth In Accounting, Sheila Weinberg joins Dan and Amy with an updated financial picture of Illinois in all of its gory detail.

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Do Illinois politicians care to hear the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana for recreational use or are they mostly concerned about the money they can get out of it? Has there been a decrease in opioid related deaths in places where marijuana is legalized? How much has the tax revenue from marijuana contributed to the Colorado state budget? Member of the Colorado Governor’s task force on marijuana, Jo Mcguire joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Rauner is set to give his budget address next week despite the fact that Illinois hasn’t had a balanced budget since 2001 and he hasn't proposed one in his three years in office. What should be laid out in the budget preview in order to give Illinois families a sense of certainty? Should we be expecting a phasing out of the 32% income tax hike? Marketing manager at the Illinois Policy Institute, Eric Kohn joins Dan and Amy to discuss their spending plan for the state.

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Some Illinois Republican state lawmakers introduced their own budget plan – and much like the Democrats' plan, it includes billions in tax hikes and new taxes. Dan Proft and Illinois Policy writer Joe Kaiser break this down and explain why Republican lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner are misguided in supporting tax hikes. They also talk with Michael Lucci, Illinois Policy Institute vice president of policy, about how the state's higher education crisis is pushing more and more students out of state – and they rarely return. And while Illinois politicians might be resistant to enacting reforms, that's not the case in every state. Proft and Kaiser talk to a policy expert in Pennsylvania who explains how his state was able to adopt groundbreaking pension reform.

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The legislative session in Springfield ended May 31 without lawmakers producing a balanced budget yet again. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes get the inside scoop on what happened (or didn't happen) inside the chamber from state Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, and ask her what taxpayers should expect from Springfield going forward. One bill lawmakers did pass was a minimum wage hike to $15 per hour. Economist Walter Williams joins the show to discuss how that minimum wage increase will end up hurting Illinois' most disadvantaged, especially people of color.

Proft and Hughes also discuss the revelations that J.B. Pritzker, the Democratic frontrunner for governor in 2018, once lobbied former Gov. Rod Blagojevich for a political appointment.

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