Measure also keeps essential services operational during budget impasse
SPRINGFIELD, IL â€” Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago 13th) issued the following statement on the Senateâ€™s passage yesterday of a one-month essential services budget that also pays state workers in full:
This stopgap measure keeps government going while budget negotiations continue. It will allow us the breathing room to reach a thoughtful, bipartisan agreement if all parties participate in good faith. Unfortunately, the governorâ€™s threat to veto the emergency budget is one more effort to hold vulnerable people hostage to his Scott Walker-esque demands.
The action we took this week also provides a legal means of fairly compensating state workers for their continued service to the public. While I share the comptrollerâ€™s desire to pay state employees, I believe she went about this laudable purpose in an illegal manner. I encourage the governor to follow through on his commitment to make sure state workers donâ€™t miss a paycheck and to do it the right way by signing this urgently needed legislation.