Friday, May 05, 2006

Illinois Budget Passes; Legislators Raise Own Pay

The Illinois House and Senate did such a great job with the budget that they decided to allow themselves nearly 10% raises.

The increased legislative base pay rises to $63,149, up from $57,619 annually. The governor also gets a raise of nearly $12,000, putting his salary over the $162,000 mark.

This budget "process" was a joke. Now we won't suggest that this "lockout" of the party "out of power" began with the Democrat party. Far from it; it's been going on for decades, but if Republicans ever do take over, you'd better watch out. They will long remember what has happened here and the results will be uglier than ever.

At any rate, we should all push our legislators to reject these raises in the fall "veto" session.