Gaffney: Pay Raises for Illinois Leaders Deplorable

Rep. Kent Gaffney plans to counter the proposed pay raised with legislation.

With Governor Pat Quinn’s proposed 2012 budget calling for more than $250,000 in pay increases for state leaders, State Representative Kent Gaffney (R-Wauconda) says he is working on legislation to reverse the maneuver. 

Word of the pay raises comes on the heels of Quinn announcing deep cuts to state programs, facilities and jobs that total hundreds of millions of dollars.

“I vehemently oppose any proposal that would allow our State Legislature and other constitutional offices to receive a pay increase this year,” said Gaffney.  “While we are a long way from May and a final budget, pay raises for lawmakers must be taken off of the table immediately. To address this I am currently drafting legislation to ensure that Quinn’s proposed pay raises will not be implemented.”  

According to Gaffney, state leaders, including Illinois' constitutional officers, department directors, cabinet positions and members of executive commissions and boards are all scheduled to receive a pay raise under Quinn’s budget proposal.  


Source: Garret Hill, Illinois House GOP

John Hanecker II March 02, 2012 at 02:56 AM
If your Billions in the Hole why are raising the pay of over compensated bureaucrats?
Bob Stock March 02, 2012 at 03:05 PM
What a brilliant idea! Sounds just like our fiscal fiasco is only going to get worse! And perhaps this is just a bit of subtrafuge to provide a smoke screen for the larger problem of our wonderful state economy.


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