Lawmaker: No revenue estimate, no budget

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.
Rep. Keith Wheeler

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...”

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