Pritzker uses amendatory veto on state’s budget

Pritzker uses amendatory veto on state’s budget

Gov. J.B. Pritzker | Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP file

Lawmakers in both chambers will need to agree to the changes Pritzker made or override the veto.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday issued an amendatory veto on a spending proposal legislators sent to his desk earlier this month, fixing “inadvertent” mistakes in the plan and setting effective dates for the law ahead of the July start to Illinois’ fiscal year.

Pritzker said in an explanation of the veto that some parts of the appropriations bill, which contains the state’s operating and capital budgets, were assigned an incorrect effective date while others weren’t assigned a date to be implemented at all.

Without the veto many of the appropriations in the bill would not take effect until June 1, 2022, or 11 months into the state’s fiscal year.

Lawmakers in both chambers will need to agree to the changes Pritzker made before it can officially become law.

In those chambers, it would take a three-fifths majority to ensure the spending plan can take effect within the next year. In the Senate, where Democrats hold a 41-member super-majority, getting the 36 votes needed to pass the measure should be an easy task.

In the House, the bill would need 71 votes to pass assuming all 118 members are present to vote.

A spokeswoman for Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch said in a statement the chamber will temporarily allow members to participate remotely after some legislators “flagged urgent family or medical emergencies and cannot leave their loved ones or put them at risk, particularly since we cannot assure all members of the House have been vaccinated.”

“This is a sound option for a one-day session and we look forward to getting these final-action items across the finish line quickly, efficiently, and safely,” Jaclyn Driscoll, Welch’s spokeswoman said.

Driscoll added she doesn’t “foresee any huge challenges” since members understand the importance of the budget.

State lawmakers approved a $42.2 billion spending plan for the 2022 fiscal year, which begins July 1, earlier this month.

Pritzker unveiled his budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year during a virtual State of the State address in February, proposing the closure of some “corporate tax loopholes” and reducing some state departments’ spending to help fill a nearly $3 billion budget gap.