Lawmaker wants budget talks to start at spending restraint, not new taxes

Illinois News Network
More than a year and a half after a blown budget deadline, plans are popping up to break Illinois’ longstanding stalemate.
State Rep. Mark Batinick, R-Plainfield, released a plan last week that he said would give the long-standing budget standoff a clearer perspective. His “1-2-3 Plan” isn’t a budget, but a method of going about negotiations.
Batinick said the biggest problem with the budget talks that have happened thus far is that no sides are willing to start by making the cuts necessary to keep the state living within its means.
“Any new budget idea should start with the money that we have coming in and do a baseline budget based on that,” he said. “It would give everybody a reality of where we are.”
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