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July 24, 2014, 3:26 am
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Money For AFSCME Pay Raises Up To Governor


The new state contract with AFSCME calls for workers to receive raises that were promised under past contracts… but never delivered.

 

But a spokesman for House Speaker Mike Madigan says he’s not sure where that money will come from.

 

It would cost an estimated $140 million to cover the cost of those raises, which Governor Pat Quinn withheld because he said the legislature did not appropriate enough money for them.

 

Madigan spokesman Steve Brown says lawmakers approve lots of money each year… but it will be up to the governor and his agencies to decide whether to apply that money to raises or to other spending priorities.

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