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State budget debate reaches record overtime

November 17, 2010

As the state neared a second month without a fiscal budget, an Illinois Senate panel on July 25 debated a revised version of the governor’s expanded health care proposal. To fund it, businesses with 10 or more employees that don’t spend at least 4 percent of their payroll on health insurance for their employees would be assessed 3 percent of their payroll. The $1.2 billion those assessments raise would be placed into a trust fund to pay for medical services.

 

Opponents say small businesses would simply split into separate companies or lay off workers to fall under the 10-employee limit.

 

Also in Springfield, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has until about Aug. 20 to act on legislation to increase to $150 the state’s maximum permissible documentary service fee.

 

House Bill 1657, which cleared the General Assembly last spring, was delivered to the governor June 20, when the 60-day clock began ticking for him to sign or veto the bill. The current maximum DOC fee that dealers can charge is $58.48.

 

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