SPRINGFIELD — After weeks of listening to predictions of doom and gloom from top state officials, Democrats in the Illinois House are poised to roll out a spending plan that relies on an extension of the temporary income tax.
Rather than imposing tough cuts on schools, prisons, universities and social services, the spending plan would mirror a budget proposed by Gov. Pat Quinn that adds more cash for schools, universities and social service programs, said state Rep. Greg Harris, a Chicago Democrat who chairs a House appropriations committee.
The majority party could schedule a vote on the budget blueprint as early as Thursday, with an eye on asking lawmakers to extend the temporary income tax at a later date.
Specific details about the plan still were being drafted Tuesday. State Rep. David Reis, R-Willow Hill, said GOP lawmakers have been largely locked out of the talks over the final version because Republicans oppose making the 2011 tax increase permanent.
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