Cross: State Budget is Unbalanced, Unconstitutional

Without extending income tax increase, projected revenues lag behind proposed $38 billion in expenses.

State Rep. Tom Cross. Credit: File photo
State Rep. Tom Cross. Credit: File photo
State Rep. Tom Cross, R-Oswego, who is running against Democrat Mike Frerichs for state treasurer, on Thursday issued a statement criticizing the state budget proposal.

The current proposal on the table calls for some $38 billion in expenditures. But with state income tax increases set to expire in January, that exceeds current revenue projections of around $35 billion.

“The budget adopted by the Illinois House today is unbalanced, unconstitutional and irresponsible," Cross said Thursday. "It is time for us to get serious about the fiscal crisis confronting Illinois.”
John Tips May 16, 2014 at 09:45 AM
Mr. Cross is correct - Illinois needs to tighten its reins dramatically in order to stay solvent! We need people who will perform the difficult tasks of cutting spending at all levels in order to avert higher taxes. Wasteful spending needs to be stopped, which unfortunately has not been accomplished by our Governor or general assembly!
Tony May 16, 2014 at 11:11 AM
If Wisconsin and Indiana aren't enough to scare people away from Republicans then I don't know what is. Quinn keeps giving tax breaks to companys who decide to do business in Illinois and the working people have to pay for it.When companies don't pay taxes the rest of the people have to make up the shortages and we can't do it anymore. Because most of these companies use trucks to deliver and recieve goods our roads are falling apart.I am tired of the rich getting all the tax breaks and the working man paying for it. Illinois has always had a lot of industry and we never had to give the farm away to get it, I think all these tax breaks are ending up in Quinns war chest for one hell of a retirement which is more than the state workers can look foward too.
Vicky Polito May 16, 2014 at 01:18 PM
I am a Democrat (well, almost all the time) and I heard a long story about this on NPR yesterday. I agree that it is a very bad and pointless effort to pass a "spending plan" while you are dodging taking a stand on tax revenue issues! I get WHY we're seeing the political gamesmanship on this, but isn't it time to stop playing games and just suck it up and commit, do something and get to work on a reasonable deal on this? Doing it this way is silly and a waste of time.
Matt B. May 16, 2014 at 08:25 PM
Isn't most of government silly and a waste of time?


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