Rep. Ives' Veto Session Preview

State Rep. Jeanne Ives
October 17, 2017

The Illinois General Assembly is scheduled to return to Springfield for the annual Fall Veto Session next Tuesday, October 24. This is a time when the House and Senate can act on whether to override the Governor’s vetoes of dozens of pieces of legislation made over the summer. Veto Session is currently scheduled for October 24-26 and November 7-9.  

Each year some vetoes are overridden, making them law over the Governor’s objections; while other vetoes stand. It requires a 3/5ths majority (71 votes) in the House of Representatives to override a veto. Currently, there are 67 Democrats and 51 Republicans, meaning any veto requires support from members of both parties.

Discussion has ramped up in the media over the past few weeks about the possibility of passing yet another tax hike, this time on gasoline, in order to fund infrastructure improvements, chiefly state roads and bridges. While our road maintenance and safety needs are most certainly a top priority, we should not pay for them by reaching even deeper into the pockets of already overtaxed families, especially after the 32% income tax rate hike that was passed in July.

Another hot topic is Senate Bill 81, legislation that would increase the state’s minimum wage gradually from its current $8.25 an hour to $15 by 2022. The Governor vetoed this bill over the summer. Expect a robust debate on the best way to create ladders to economic success for Illinois’ working families and recent graduates entering the workforce without further driving jobs and opportunity across the border to neighboring states.

For more on what to look for during the upcoming veto session and other state news of interest, please read below. Thank you, as always, for the privilege of serving as your voice in Springfield. – Jeanne.

Veto Session – What to Look For

For a good preview of what to expect during Veto Session, please click HERE. Numerous pieces of legislation impacting local families and taxpayers are expected to be considered this fall. Stay tuned during these session days – I will be sending out a link every morning during veto session where you can watch the House floor proceedings LIVE.

Rep. Ives: Keeping You Informed

Illinois’ New Budget Already Falling Apart” Illinois Policy Institute: It didn’t take long for Illinois’ state budget to fall apart again. For more than two years, politicians debated whether the state needed massive spending reforms to change the way Illinois does business, or whether tax hikes would fill the hole and allow government business to continue as usual. Tax hike supporters won the fight and state lawmakers raised taxes by a record $5 billion while spurning reforms… read the full story here

Transportation expert says transparency is critical in Illinois capital spending plan” Illinois News Network: With renewed talk about infrastructure spending, an expert warns that any new plan must be transparent to assure Illinois' roads and other valuable projects get priority over lawmakers' pet projects. The coming veto session could see conversation of a new capital spending bill. Legislative leaders have discussed a plan behind closed doors… read the full story here  

Illinois’ pension debt grew more in one year than half of states’ entire budgets” Illinois News Network: In one year, Illinois' pensions added more debt than 25 U.S. states' entire budgets. The Illinois Department of Insurance released its two-year report on every public pension in the state. From 2015 to 2016, Illinois' 671 pension funds added $17 billion in additional unfunded liabilities, bringing it up to $185 billion. That one-year debt growth is larger than 25 state budgets in fiscal year 2016. "It's bad and it's getting worse," said Bill Bergman, director of research at Truth in Accounting…read the full story here

Illinois’ 200th Birthday Party Gets Late Start, Low Budget” Chicago Sun-Times:  Illinois is on the brink of its bicentennial bash, but political skirmishing that has battered the state could be blamed for late party planning, a comparatively low budget, and ultimately, its contribution to future generations…” read the full story here

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