- Associated Press - Friday, May 23, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois House is expected to 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.

The latest budget proposal comes after House Speaker Michael Madigan announced Wednesday he didn’t have the votes to make Illinois’ temporary income tax permanent. The tax is set to roll back in January, reducing revenue by $1.8 billion.

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

Harris says some lawmakers weren’t pleased with the proposed cuts discussed in negotiations Wednesday.

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

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