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Illinois House Passes Budget Plan

The Illinois House has passed a scaled back budget plan that doesn’t rely on continuation of the income tax increase.

With plans to extend the income tax increase when it expires in January all but abandoned, house democrats have come up with a budget that keeps spending on par with last year in some areas, but could also mean layoffs and a longer bill payment cycle.

Republican Representative Ed Sullivan says it will also result in a big hit to agencies like the Department of Corrections and possible prison closures.

Another revenue source is also apparently out.

A house committee rejected a proposed soda tax that would have raised about 600 million dollars a year.