Wallace votes to prevent legislator pay increase

From the office of State Representative Litesa Wallace

As Illinois’ seniors, children and disabled face uncertainty regarding the assistance and services they depend on, state Rep. Litesa Wallace, D-Rockford, voted Tuesday to ensure that legislators do not receive a pay increase during the budget impasse.

“It is unacceptable for us to have a pay raise while our state’s most vulnerable are trying to figure out how to get by during this damaging shutdown,” Wallace said. “We need to stop playing politics and focus on resolving this budget issue in a responsible way that protects vulnerable and middle-class families within Rockford and our state.”

House Bill 576 prohibits a cost of living adjustment for legislators in fiscal year 2016. The budget passed by the General Assembly in May did not authorize an increase to legislative pay, but following the governor’s veto, the comptroller interpreted that assembly members were owed the adjustment and had moved to issue it.

“It is unfair for me or any of my fellow members to receive additional pay while there is still work to be done,” Wallace said. “I call on the governor and my colleagues across the aisle to focus on budgetary matters so that we may resolve this crisis soon and bring stability to our state.”

For more information, please contact Wallace’s full-time constituent service office at 815-987-7433, or email Litesa@StateRepWallace.com.

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