#3205 - School Funding Reform and Budget Crisis Impacts

State Journal-Register political columnist Bernard Schoenburg updates the week’s news at the Capitol with Illinois Lawmakers host Jak Tichenor.

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#3104 Education Funding

On this week’s Illinois Lawmakers, our focus is on education funding from kindergarten all the way to state colleges and universities.

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#3001 Fall Veto Session

Lawmakers adjourned their annual fall veto session in early December without taking action on the state’s looming budget crisis as they await the inauguration of Republican Governor-elect Bruce Rauner on January 12th.  The state’s temporary five percent income tax rate will expire on schedule on December 31st leaving a two-billion dollar hole in the current fiscal year budget ending June 30th.  The budget gap grows to more than four billion dollars in the Fiscal Year 2016 budget beginning July one, resulting deep cuts to all areas of state government including education, health and human services, and public safety if nothing is done.

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FY2015 Budget, Federal Equal Rights Amendment, & Minimum Wage

The Illinois House of Representatives will vote on a budget that is $4-billion less than the $38-billion spending plan approved a week ago after Speaker Michael Madigan said that he does not have enough votes to extend the state’s temporary tax increase.

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Taxes, School Funding, Neighborhood Recovery Investigation, and Mass Transit Reform

On this week’s edition of Illinois Lawmakers: Capitolfax.com publisher Rich Miller outlines the uphill fight for lawmakers to extend the state’s five percent temporary income tax hike.  Our newsmaker interview features Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno of Lemont discussing taxes, school funding reform, and new developments in the legislature’s investigation into Governor Pat Quinn’s Neighborhood Recovery Initiative.  Later, House Mass Transit Committee Chairman Al Riley (D) Olympia Fields and the Committee’s Republican Spokesman Mike Tryon of Crystal Lake outline legislative efforts to reform the scandal-plagued Metra mass transit agency and improving the mass transit systems that serve over 650-million riders a year in Northeastern Illinois.  Hosted by Jak Tichenor.

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