In a bold move on Wednesday, Gov. Pat Quinn (D-IL) suspended paychecks to lawmakers until they come up with a solution to a huge pension deficit facing the state. Quinn, who has made pension reform a focus for the last two years, justified his decision citing the fact that several deadlines have been issued, including two special sessions, but to no avail. As a last-ditch effort to get lawmakers to act, Quinn decided no pension solution means no pay on August 1st.
In a statement Gov. Quinn said,
“This is an emergency. This is a crisis. This requires full attention of those who are elected to the General Assembly, take an oath of office, to do the right thing for the public. For too long, we’ve had legislative inertia, delay and excuses on this paramount issue to the people of Illinois.”
Predictably, many Illinois lawmakers are unhappy about Quinn’s drastic decision and some are even questioning its constitutionality. Others say Quinn is playing “political games” and engaged in “political grandstanding.” But, constituents seem to be overwhelming on-board with the governor’s choice. Quinn has also vowed to personally refuse pay until the state’s pension crisis is solved.
What do you think: Is this the right way to motivate lawmakers or has Governor Quinn gone too far? Let us know in the comments below.
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