- Associated Press - Thursday, May 22, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois House could soon vote on a proposed 2015 budget that would cut spending by billions of dollars.

Democratic Rep. Greg Harris of Chicago is a budget negotiator. He says lawmakers could consider the 2015 spending plan as early as Friday.

House Speaker Michael Madigan announced Wednesday he was pulling back on an effort to make Illinois’ temporary income tax permanent because he didn’t have the votes to pass it.

The tax hike is scheduled to roll back in January, reducing revenue by $1.8 billion.

Madigan says it’s possible lawmakers will see the impact of cuts and drop their opposition to the tax hike.

Harris says many lawmakers weren’t pleased with the proposed cuts Wednesday.

If the budget fails, the House could try again to pass the tax increase.

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