State Rep. Dan Brady says fracking, Medicaid and the budget are all key issues lawmakers could tackle in the final week of the spring session. (Photo courtesy Illinois House Republicans)
By Eric Stock
SPRINGFIELD - Concealed carry has dominated much of the talk in Springfield in recent days, but State Rep. Dan Brady, R-Bloomington, said the Illinois House has a lot of business to get to the final week of the spring session.
"There's other major pieces of legislation out there, the question of the Medicaid expansion, fracking, whether or not we'll see anything with the Marriage Equality Act... and then we have the budget," Brady said.
Brady says he doesn't want to see any spending increases in the new spending plan that would take effect July 1.
"Whatever budget comes forth, to me needs to be a zero-based budget, no additional funding for any type of program that hasn't been there before," Brady said.
Governor Quinn has called his latest budget proposal the most difficult he's ever presented.
Brady said he is cautiously optimistic lawmakers can pass a budget on time, but with all of the other business on lawmaker's plates - including pension reform - there are no guarantees.
"That's why it's good to be close to my district in Springfield," Brady quipped.