Governor and lawmaker pay raise is 'unconscionable'
News Service Feb. 28, 2012, 9:21am
To the Editor:
It is unconscionable that Governor Quinn and lawmakers in Springfield would award themselves thousands of dollars in pay raises when our state is drowning in debt and deficits.
Governor Quinn took a week's pay from every household in Illinois when he raised income taxes by 67 percent. Now, he wants a pay raise. It's time to say, enough is enough.
The Governor said his proposed budget – a budget that spends $550 million more than last year's budget and does nothing to address our $8.5 billion backlog of unpaid bills – requires a "Rendezvous with Reality." If pay hikes for elected officials are Quinn's idea of a "Rendezvous with Reality," then I refuse to accept it.
I call on my opponent, Senator Bill Haine, and all legislators in the General Assembly – both Republicans and Democrats alike – to reject the pay hikes in the Governor's proposed budget. Legislators must lead by example by refusing to support pay raises in these austere budget times.
Republican candidate for State Senate