State Senate Votes to Cut Own Pay
Friday, March 09, 2012
Recognizing Illinois’ bleak fiscal outlook, this week Senator LaHood once again voted to reduce legislative pay and to forego cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) in the 2013 Fiscal Year. This is expected to save the State more than $1 million.
“Since taking office I’ve said that tough cuts are going to be necessary to get our budget under control,” says LaHood. “I’ve also said that legislators must share in these cuts which is why I am proud, once again, to have voted to reduce my own pay.”
House Bill 3188 requires every lawmaker to forfeit 12 days of compensation through furlough days. The bill also prohibits COLAs from being awarded to members of the General Assembly, elected executive officers, and state’s attorneys, and advances per diem changes to reduce costs associated with legislative travel expenses, including food, lodging and gas reimbursements. This is the third consecutive year the Legislature has voted to reduce lawmakers’ pay and to reject the annual cost-of-living adjustment.
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