Two Republican candidates for governor agree that the state should have a balanced budget, but differ on how to get lawmakers to come up with one. State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) wants a constitutional amendment that requires state legislators to balance the budget in order to get their salary. State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) doesn’t believe that will work.
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“With all due respect to Sen. Dillard, passing a constitutional amendment that says you don’t get paid – heck, you don’t know if a budget’s been balanced (until) three years after it’s over with. You can’t go back and take pay away from those legislators,” he said. Dillard claims that scenario won’t happen. “You do know right away whether your budget is out of whack or not,”Dillard said. Brady believes a better approach is for a governor to use his or her line-item veto power on the budget.