SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Jonathan Carroll, D-Buffalo Grove, successfully worked with Democrats and Republicans to block a pay increase for Springfield legislators.
“Springfield has chronically underfunded schools and social services throughout the state,” said Carroll. “State resources should not beef up state legislator pay increases, they should go to the people who need them the most.”
The legislator pay cut, House Bill 5760, would block an automatic cost of living increase in the upcoming fiscal year in addition to blocking an increase in member mileage and per diems. The cut affects members of the General Assembly, constitutional officers in the Executive Branch and agency directors and deputy directors.
“Too many public servants search for ways to enrich themselves off of the people’s business, while too few actually serve as a legitimate guardian of taxpayer dollars,” Carroll continued. “As long as I am in Springfield, I will actively fight against the sweetheart deals that have lined legislators’ pockets for too long.”