Illinois lawmakers fail to pass budget bill

Illinois lawmakers fail to pass budget bill

The budget bill originally included an amendment that added an excise tax on all landscape services.

June 1, 2017
Industry News

Illinois leaders have blown past a deadline that will leave the state careening toward the third straight year without a budget.

The Illinois House did not pass a spending plan by June 1. That means approving a budget -- a usually routine task that has eluded the state for 700 days -- will become even more difficult because a three-fifths majority will be required. 

State leaders still have the month of June to find an agreement before the start of fiscal year 2018 on July 1. Last year, lawmakers approved a six-month, stopgap budget to keep schools open and operations going.

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Read more about how the proposed budget would have hurt the landscape trade here.