Springfield….State Rep. Terri Bryant (R – Murphysboro) is happy to announce that she has voted to eliminate legislator pay raises for the FY 2016 budget year. Bryant says HB 576 is an exact copy of legislation, HB 4225, that she has been co-sponsoring for months. Bryant says the bill to eliminate the 2% cost of living adjustments made it to the floor for a vote thanks to public pressure and negative media attention.
“Basically the Democrats in control of State government were caught with their hands in the cookie jar, trying to raise their own pay as they have wrought financial disaster on our state for more than a decade,” Bryant said. “My colleagues and I on the Republican side of the aisle have called for a vote on our own measure to block pay raises for politicians for two months now. It shouldn’t have taken this long to get a resolution to this issue, but at least we have blocked legislator pay raises for now.”
As the State of Illinois enters into its 5th week of the FY 2016 fiscal year without a budget plan in place, Bryant says the time for a balanced budget to pass the General Assembly is long overdue.
“As the Chicago politicians that control the legislature continue to resist any effort to reform State government and make our state more competitive, people are hurting. We need to pass a budget that does not spend more than we take in. It is a shame that it took so long for the Chicago democrats that control the size of the State budget.”