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Biss backs ‘responsible’ budget bill

State Rep. Daniel Biss of Evanston is co-sponsoring a resolution that anticipates lower state revenues than the governor has projected for 2012.

“We need to create a budget based on reasonable projections instead of what we hope will be available to us,” Biss said in a statement. “Our schools, human service providers and other vendors are tired of carrying the burden caused by our irresponsible budgeting practices.”

House Resolution 110 provides an estimate of revenues available for state spending which was determined by the House Revenue and Finance Committee.

The committee estimates the state will have just over $33 billion to spend on essential programs like education, transportation and senior services for the upcoming fiscal year.

That's about $760 million less than the projection from the governor’s budget office and about $1.7 billion less than the projection from the state’s Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability.

Biss says the resolution is the first step toward implementing a responsible budget process that is based on a realistic assessment of available funds and the efficacy of government programs in achieving stated outcomes.

"Only by restructuring the practice of recent years, when revenue and spending were radically misaligned and when political considerations and inertia dominated the appropriations process, can Illinois regain a solid fiscal footing," he added

The resolution was approved in committee this week and now awaits further discussion from the full House.

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