State Senator Raoul Votes for Legal Authorization to Pay State Workers

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Measure also keeps essential services operational during budget impasse


SPRINGFIELD, IL — Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago 13th) issued the following statement on the Senate’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 governor’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 comptroller’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 don’t miss a paycheck and to do it the right way by signing this urgently needed legislation.

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