Illinois Governor: No more paychecks for lawmakers
Thu, 11 Jul 2013 07:14:49 GMT —
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is suspending state lawmakers' pay because of their inaction on the state's pension crisis.
Wednesday he announced there will be no paychecks for legislators until they get the job done.
Quinn is using his line-item veto power to suspend legislative salaries and stipends.
Quinn has been demanding that legislators submit to him by Tuesday, July 9 a plan to reform the state's pension systems. But none came. Quinn warned that there would be "consequences" if lawmakers did not meet his deadline.
"And so by taking this action today, admittedly, this is a drastic measure, but I think it's absolutely necessary, to get a wake up call, to the members of the general assembly, that the people of Illinois are tired of excuses, tired of delay, they're impatient with the fact that the taxpayers pay when the general assembly doesn't do its pension reform job," Quinn said.
Legislators left Springfield after publicly criticizing the governor, saying he's done nothing to help solve the pension problem.
Illinois has nearly $100 billion in unfunded pension liability, the nation's worst, because lawmakers either skipped or shorted payments to the state's five retirement systems for decades.