For the second day in a row, state lawmakers came into session briefly today and went home without taking any significant steps toward a budget deal.

For the second day in a row, state lawmakers came into session briefly today and went home without taking any significant steps toward a budget deal.

Lawmakers now will return to the Capitol early next week ahead of a July 1 deadline for a new state budget with many disagreements standing in their way. Those range from what cuts might be needed to fill the budget gap - with or without an income tax increase - to how to fix the problem next week.

After meeting with the four legislative caucuses over the last two days, Gov. Pat Quinn repeatedly sent mixed messages on his budget plans for the next week.

Quinn reiterated he does not support a budget that includes huge spending shortfalls for social service programs but would not say whether he would make the spending cuts he's threatened if lawmakers don't provide more money.

The governor also said he's considering asking state workers to take as many as 12 furlough days next year, and he may have to ask for layoffs to deal with the budget problems. But he wouldn't detail how many layoffs might be needed.

"I don't believe in this 50 percent budget," Quinn told reporters after his latest legislative meetings. "I don't think that's right, so we will have to have shared sacrifice."

Quinn acknowledged he still has more work to do to get lawmakers to vote for an income tax increase next week. The House returns Monday afternoon, while the Senate will be back Tuesday with little time before Wednesday's start of the new budget year.

GateHouse News Service State Capitol Bureau