With no budget in sight, Rep. Mitchell introducing legislation to ensure state & university employees are paid

Decatur, IL – With the State of Illinois set to begin Fiscal Year 2016 without a budget in place, State Representative Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth) is introducing legislation to ensure thousands of state and university employees will still receive paychecks.

As a result of Governor Rauner’s veto last week of the Democrats’ $4 billion unbalanced budget, there is no budget resolution in sight, with both sides deadlocked over spending and taxes. Without a budget in place by July 15, the State will be unable to make payroll for employees in numerous agencies.

However, under a 2014 law passed by the Democrat-controlled General Assembly, lawmakers, legislative staff and judges will still receive their paychecks, with or without a new budget in place. Senate Bill 274 (P.A. 98-682) included a “continuing appropriation” for the salaries and operational expenses of legislators and judges.

“I think a lot of folks will be shocked to find out that legislators will still get their paychecks in the absence of a new state budget,” Mitchell said. “That was one of the items slipped into last year’s budget implementation law by the Democrat majority. If lawmakers are getting paid, our state and university employees should also get their paychecks. Thousands of working families have to pay their bills whether the State has a budget or not.”

Representative Mitchell’s legislation (HB 4235) would include state employees and public university employees in the continuing appropriation law so that those employees would continue to receive paychecks in the event a new state budget is not in place by July 15.

“This is a matter of fairness for our state employees and their families,” Mitchell added. “Due to federal mandates, welfare checks will still go out with or without a budget agreement. Again, if lawmakers are getting paid and welfare checks are going out, our hardworking state employees should not have their livelihoods put in jeopardy. They should continue to do their jobs providing services to the taxpayers and they should continue to be paid.”

Placing telemarketing calls to wireless phones is - and always has been - illegal in most cases.

Why the confusion about telemarketing to wireless phones?

Consumers report receiving emails saying they'll soon begin receive telemarketing calls on their wireless phones. The confusion seems to stem from discussions in the wireless phone industry about establishing a wireless 411 phone directory, much like your traditional (wired) 411 phone directory. A number of email campaigns seem to suggest that if your wireless telephone number is listed in a wireless 411 directory, it will be available to telemarketers, and you will start to receive sales calls. In addition, some of these email campaigns suggest that there is a separate do-not-call "cell phone registry," which you must call to have your wireless phone number covered by the do-not-call rules. This information is inaccurate.

The facts

Even if a wireless 411 directory is established, most telemarketing calls to wireless phones would still be...

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