The state's new contract with AFSCME calls for union members to receive $140 million in pay raises that were previously promised, but never delivered. But a top legislative spokesman says it's not clear where that money will come from.
House Speaker Mike Madigan's spokesman Steve Brown appeared live (Wednesday) on 970 WMAY's "Jim Leach Show." Brown says there are no guarantees that an additional $140 million can be added to current budget and revenue projections to cover the cost of those past raises.
But he says the legislature will approve billions of dollars for state government operations...and it will be up to Quinn and his agency directors how to allocate that money, and whether other jobs or services will have to be cut to accommodate the raises.