State lawmakers aren’t planning on rushing to court to get their paychecks. Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka said legal action would likely be needed before her office could issue paychecks to legislators Aug. 1, after the governor used his line-item veto powers to remove their salaries from the budget. Sen. Matt Murphy (R-Palatine) isn’t aware of any impending lawsuit.
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“I know no one on the Republican side of aisle intends to do that,” Murphy said. While Murphy agrees that the comptroller is acting appropriately by not issuing those paychecks, he feels the governor’s tactics aren’t going to help solve the state’s pension problem. “I think it’s a little bit unfortunate that we’re kind of getting distracted away from the focus of pension reform by, you know, a paycheck issue,” Murphy said.
Murphy says the conference committee – of which he is a member –remains focused on crafting a passable pension reform bill, and hasn’t been swayed either way by the veto of their salaries.