Lawmakers Fail To Pass Temporary Budget; State Left Without Spending Authority

Jul 2, 2015

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A temporary budget to keep Illinois government operating in a new fiscal year has failed in the House, but one is still alive because the Senate OK'd an identical measure.  

Democrats battling with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner put up a $2.3 billion, one-month spending plan Wednesday for the state to limp along during the impasse. It fell four votes short of the 71 needed for approval. 

Senate Democrats advanced the temporary fix 37-0 earlier in the day, with 11 ``present'' votes, and moved that measure to the House. But its prospects were dim _ particularly because Rauner's has indicated he will veto it anyway.  

The two sides were unable to agree on a full 2016 budget before the new fiscal year started Wednesday, raising concerns of a partial government shutdown.