Mitchell: State Workers Should be Paid

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.”

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