How did state budget for the new AFSCME contract?

Illinois Republicans have been saying ever since
a state budget deal was announced by the majority Democrats that not enough
money was appropriated for Fiscal Year 2024 to pay for the new AFSCME Council
31 employee union contract. Some have even predicted that the contract plus
other spending pressures, including health care for undocumented immigrants,
will eventually lead to a tax hike…