Better than Carol Marin w/Gov. Pat Quinn: Berkowitz w/State Rep. David Harris on cutting IL state taxes, spending and balancing the budget, Cable and web

State Rep. David Harris: ...in other words, [there were] virtually no reductions whatsoever in any area of the state budget [for fiscal year 2015].

Tonight's City of Chicago edition of "Public Affairs," features State Rep. David Harris (R-Arlington Heights) discussing whether state income tax rates will decline next year and whether state spending was cut, or not, this year. The show airs throughout the City at 8:30 pm and midnight on Cable Ch. 21 (CANTV).

Rep. Harris, a retired Major General and former Commanding General of the IL National Guard, and currently Republican Spokesman for the House Revenue & Finance Committee, debates and discusses key state fiscal issues with show host Jeff Berkowitz.

You can also watch the show with Rep. Harris 24/7 by clicking here.

 

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Jeff Berkowitz: Is there a balanced budget for the State of Illinois for Fiscal 2015, the next 12 months?

State Rep. David Harris (R-Arlington Heights): ...Just looking at the 12 month fiscal year budget, I would say that it is basically balanced and I would also add, by the way that it is [while] we have heard talk of these Draconian cuts [in state spending] from one year to the next, the amount of money that we have budgeted for the current fiscal year, 2015, it is roughly the same amount of money that we have budgeted for fiscal year 2014—in other words, virtually no reductions whatsoever in any area of the budget [for fiscal year 2015].

Jeff Berkowitz: I think we are breaking news here because if you watch Public TV, that’s WTTW or WYCC in Chicago..., don’t you get the impression that the world is ending [in state government] and we had to slash state spending...and life is awful and how are people getting by...[Ed. Note, in some areas of this year’s budget, spending may have gone up slightly, and in other areas, it went down, but over-all, no change in total state spending]

Rep. David Harris: ...Education, at the state level, got 117 million dollars more, for this fiscal year, than what it got in the last fiscal year.

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Rep. Harris: The Governor [Pat Quinn] wanted to spend 37 billion dollars in fiscal year 2015, we had just spent 35 billion dollars the year before, so yes... if you [wanted to do] what the Governor wanted to do, then there were these heavy reductions from what the Governor wanted to spend...[about 2 billion dollars, but not from what IL spent in FY 2014 ]

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  • Anything would be better than Carol Marin interviewing Pat Quinn; a colonoscopy without the narcotics, or what The Onion promised for the Sept. 11 hijackers.

    But what I don't understand, is that if Illinois passed a balanced 2015 budget, and more importantly, one that complies with Article VIII, section 2(b) of the state Constitution that " Appropriations for a fiscal year shall not exceed funds estimated by the General Assembly to be available during that year" how is it balanced if both Quinn and Rauner agree that the income tax rate can't go down to 3.75% Jan. 1, 2015, as scheduled, the legislature did not pass the tax hike Quinn requested, and Cullerton was talking about stuff like "we'll have to spread out payments to vendors, again?" Maybe you should have asked Harris that.

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