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* Bill Daley whacked Gov. Quinn this weekend for his amendatory veto of legislative salaries from the fiscal year 2014 budget…
“It’s an abuse of power and a disgrace that any governor and a democratic governor albeit will take such an outrageous step. Obviously it hasn’t produced anything,” Daley said.
Lawmakers have now missed two pay periods. You’ll recall the Governor vetoed the legislative salary appropriation from the budget until they pass pension reform. The Governor stood by prior statements that lawmakers should override his veto instead of filing a civil suit claiming the move was unconstitutional.
* Speaking of that lawsuit, attorneys for the Governor filed a motion to dismiss…
In a motion filed in Cook County Circuit Court on Friday, Quinn’s lawyers acknowledge such an override could be unpopular with Illinois voters. But they say as long as the option exists, the lawsuit filed by House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton seeking to restore legislators’ pay is premature.
“When a veto rankles the General Assembly, the usual and constitutionally sanctioned response is to seek to override it,” the attorneys state. “They have declined to exercise that power.”
Quinn’s lawyers also argue he has the constitutional authority to veto money for lawmaker salaries.
* Rich reported on a list of items being discussed by a bi-partisan committee of House and Senate legislators a couple weeks ago. The AP picked up on the list a day later. This weekend a Lee Enterprises editorial board said the items are “a good start,” but that they lack in some areas…
First, it does not address increasing the retirement age of public sector employees. Many public sector employees can retire as early as age 55, a benefit that is unheard of in the private sector. Taxpayers are weary of footing the bill for early retirement of public sector employees.
The second area that the plan doesn’t address is relieving the pressure the pension system places on the rest of the state budget. From the years between 2020 and 2038, 20 percent of the state budget would go toward the pension system. That means that other state services — education, health, public safety and others — would continue to struggle for the funds that remain.
* Daley looks for path to victory
* Governor Quinn pushes to raise minimum wage to $10
* Quinn keeps pushing to raise Illinois’ minimum wage
* Quinn, Daley agree with Obama on Syria