State Senator Kyle McCarter says he won’t be taking his state paycheck until the budget is resolved. In a statement, Senator McCarter says “Until legislative leaders and the Governor reach agreement on a balance budget, I refuse to accept my legislative salary. The economic and governmental reforms that are needed to move Illinois forward and create opportunity for every citizen are too important to the future of our state not to hold out for a balanced budget. We are now more than two weeks into a new fiscal year yet Illinois government is without a complete and constitutional budget. I am disappointed that six months after the Governor delivered his original budget message we still do not have a balanced budget in place to pay for the programs and services that touch the lives of every Illinois citizen.” The state is now heading into the second half of the month of July, still with no state budget in place.