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September 3, 2014, 2:04 am
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Quinn ''Suspends'' Legislative Salaries


Governor Pat Quinn has imposed the "consequences" that he threatened against lawmakers for failing to meet Quinn's deadline on pension reform -- by using his line item veto authority to "suspend" their salaries.

 

Quinn cut the line for legislative pay and stipends, contained in an appropriations bill that also included other state government salaries.  The governor says lawmakers need to understand the urgency of the pension crisis, and he contends the only way to do that now is to hit them in the pocketbook.

 

Quinn says, "admittedly, this is a drastic step," but argues that it will send the message that taxpayers are fed up with the legislature's inability to approve a plan to address the state's growing unfunded pension liability.

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