The governor is still applying rhetorical heat to lawmakers over the pension issue. Gov. Pat Quinn is sticking with the no-pay-until-completion gambit. “I think it’s important that we keep the pressure on, that we need (a) fundamental overhaul on the area of pension reform. That has not happened yet, the bill isn’t on my desk, and until the bill gets on my desk that’s comprehensive when it comes to pension reform, there will be no pay for the legislature, and I voluntarily take no pay for myself. We’re gonna get the job done,” he said.
Quinn says partial measures will not be satisfactory.
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The governor says he has the authority to veto the appropriation for lawmakers’ salaries – though it appears his authority is in conflict with other constitutional provisions.
It is unlikely that lawmakers will litigate or run to Springfield to override the veto, but the burden falls on the state comptroller, who on Aug. 1 will be faced with the quandary of a responsibility to pay lawmakers vs. the lack of an appropriation from which to do so. She has asked the attorney general for a legal opinion.