The budget process is getting its unofficial start this week at the state capitol.
Republican Governor Bruce Rauner called a meeting with the four legislative leaders to set the table for a 12 month fully funded budget. Rauner and Republican House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, wanted and got, Democrats to agree to finding out just how much revenue they will have to spend this year.
The revenue estimate will include all of the additional money raised by the income tax increase. Republicans say they need to include the additional money in the projections but don’t have to spend every last dollar.