June 1, when new legislative rules kicked in. Now, it will take a three-fifths vote, rather than a simple majority, to pass a budget. Democrats can no longer do it alone.
Republicans refuse to talk taxes until getting concrete action on pensions and health care
“Before we look at an income-tax increase, we ought to reduce the spending and get rid of waste of bureaucracy. One example is Medicaid; we should go to managed care. That could save a tremendous amount of money. This is a golden opportunity to downsize government and to clean up things.”
Rep. Ron Wait of Belvidere