Democrats present deep budget cuts, watch easy defeat

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Senate Democrats have put up a series of billions of dollars in budget cuts they say represent Gov. Bruce Rauner’s plans and watched each go down to defeat.

Minority Republicans decried the maneuver Wednesday as a sham and say Democrats will adopt an unbalanced spending plan before Sunday’s adjournment.

None of Chicago Democratic Sen. Donne (DAH’-nee) Trotter’s bills got a “yes” vote. Democrats voted “no,” and GOP members marked “present.”

Trotter says the package reflected a projected $6 billion deficit with no new revenue.

Republican Rauner wants deep spending cuts after campaigning against extending an income tax increase that expired in January. He says he would compromise on the budget if he gets business reforms passed, but Democrats aren’t playing along.

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The bills are SB2038 and HB200

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