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Illinois House Passes $53 Billion Spending Plan Heads to Governor Pritzker’s Desk for Signature

Illinois House Passes $53 Billion Spending Plan Heads to Governor Pritzker’s Desk for Signature

CHICAGO (CBS)—Illinois House lawmakers approved the proposed spending plan, which is said to be the largest in state history.

The $53 billion budget was approved by a vote of 65 to 45 in the early morning hours after it was approved by the state senate on monday.

The now-approved budget includes more money for public schools, specifically $350 million in increased funding for schools across the state.

More money will also go to reproductive health centers, and $2 million has been committed to increasing security at those centers. Investments are also being made in shelters and other services worth $182 million for new immigrants arriving from Texas.

The budget also includes adding 280 frontline DCFS workers to improve the well-being of children in Illinois.

Sportsbooks, retailers and other corporations saw nearly $750 million in tax increases to raise more money for the state.

Democrats called the budget balanced, while state Republicans criticized a $500 million allocation for immigrants and health care for undocumented people.

The budget will increase some taxes, but will eliminate a 1% tax on food and also add a child tax credit.

Pritzker, in a statement, said he believes it is “a balanced budget that lifts up working Illinois families, saves more money in our emergency fund, creates jobs, reduces taxes on small businesses, grows our economy and continues our way”. history of fiscal responsibility.”

The more than 3,000-page spending plan now heads to Pritzker’s desk for his signature.