Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs $40 billion state budget passed with bipartisan support

After delivering on all the major pieces of his ambitious agenda this spring, Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker began his victory lap Wednesday, signing into law a $40 billion bipartisan state spending plan that takes effect next month.

The governor also signed new graduated income tax rates that would only take effect if voters next year approve a change to the Illinois Constitution to eliminate the currently mandated flat tax.

Pritzker’s November electoral victory restored one-party Democratic rule in Springfield, and by signing the budget into law, the rookie governor achieved something in less than six months that his predecessor, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, didn’t get done until the final year of his single term.

“We achieved something that has alluded state government for decades. We passed a real balanced budget,” Pritzker said at a downtown news conference. “Just a few years ago simply passing a budget was considered nearly impossible and for years before that the budget included gimmicks and tricks and was balanced in name only. Those days are over.”


News,Region: Chicago,City: Chicago

via News – Chicago Tribune

June 5, 2019 at 04:12PM

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