Lawmakers returned to Springfield June 22 to end the stand-off that left capital road construction funds in limbo, passing a “clean” capital bill that will ensure road construction and other projects will continue without interruption.

Senate Republicans unanimously opposed the additional spending pushed by Senate Democrats in May, noting it was irresponsible to jeopardize the capital projects to secure hundreds of millions of dollars in additional spending that the state cannot afford.

Senate Democrats created a high-stakes game of “chicken” when they added more than $430 million to a budget bill containing the state’s capital program spending. The capital program appropriation came to an abrupt halt when House lawmakers of both parties refused to concede to the Senate Democrats’ pricey demands.

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