Happy 4th of July! For those who were not sitting on pins and needles yesterday, I wanted to share a good summary of the votes in the House and encourage folks to email/call their House members who supported these bills to say THANK YOU and keep it up.
Bills passed the House yesterday and head to the Senate for a vote today. They passed in the House in a barely veto proof vote, but the Governor has already indicated that he will veto the bills and force a veto override. The bills were both bipartisan votes.
We need to keep up the pressure as Illinois and people with disabilities and families can’t wait a moment longer!
Here is the vote list SB 9 – tax/revenue bill: http://ilga.gov/legislation/votehistory/100/house/10000SB0009_07022017_003000T.pdf
Here is the vote list for SB 6 –spending bill:
Here is the Chicago Tribune’s summary, which is one of the better ones I have seen:
*What does it do?
The tax hike proposal mirrors a plan the Senate passed earlier this year and calls for raising the personal income tax rate from the current 3.75 percent to 4.95 percent, which would generate roughly $4.3 billion. An increase in the corporate income tax rate from 5.25 percent to 7 percent would bring in another $460 million.
*When would it take effect? It would be retroactive to Saturday (July 1), the start of the state budget year. (The Senate version made it retroactive to Jan. 1, which meant an even bigger chunk out of your paycheck for the rest of the year.)
*Why did it pass? I thought House Republicans were allied with Gov. Bruce Rauner, who opposes the tax hike? It was a matter of pressure. Many of the House Republicans who voted for the tax hike are from Downstate, and that’s where a lot of public universities and other state facilities are located. A threatened Wall Street credit downgrade to take the state down to junk status also loomed as soon as Monday. And without a budget, road construction workers faced layoffs in the middle of the summer.
*How narrow was the margin? The House vote was 72-45 on a bill that needed 71 votes to pass. A three-fifths majority was required since the General Assembly had gone past its May 31 deadline. You can see How They Voted here.
*Break it down for me? The tax hike got 57 Democratic votes and 15 Republican votes. That’s the 72. The 45? Well, 35 House Republicans voted against the tax hike. But so many Republicans voted for it that House Speaker Michael Madigan was able to spare 10 Democrats from taking a politically risky vote. Six are from the suburbs and four are from Downstate, and all could be targeted for defeat next year by the Rauner-funded Illinois Republican Party.
*What’s next? The tax hike and budget plan goes to the Senate. The House also has yet to pass a budget implementation act. That’s known as the BIMP, the type of statehouse jargon we don’t normally use, but we figure if you’re still reading at this point, you’re a political junkie.
*What are the prospects in the Senate? In May, the Senate approved a similar tax hike with 32 votes, all of them by Democrats. But now, they would need 36 to approve the House tax hike. There are 37 Democrats in the Senate and 22 Republicans. Getting Republicans to sign on to a tax hike is a big lift given Rauner’s opposition, but 15 GOP lawmakers in the House voted for the plan Sunday night.
*Who might get leaned on in the Senate? Senate President John Cullerton spent much of June crowing that the Senate had done its work and it was time for the House to step up. The proverbial shoe is now on the other foot. If Cullerton has to go it alone, only one Senate Democrat can withhold a vote for the tax hike for it to pass. Five Senate Democrats did not vote for the May tax hike, so they’d likely be the ones Cullerton has to arm twist: Sen. Tom Cullerton from DuPage County, Sen. Kyle Hastings from the southwest suburbs, Sen. Julie Morrison from Lake County, Sen. Steve Stadelman from Rockford and Sen. Bill Haine from near St. Louis. Of course, if a Republican or two voted for the tax hike, that’s fewer Democrats Cullerton will have to persuade.
*What if Rauner vetoes the tax hike? He’s already said he plans to do so should it reach his desk. To override, the House would need 71 votes (the bill passed with 72 on Sunday night), and the Senate 36.
*What happens Monday? The House is in at 10 a.m. The Senate also is in, time TBA. There’s a meeting of the legislative leaders at 1 p.m.
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