This just in…
Thursday, Jul 9, 2015
* I’m told by the attorney general’s office that a St. Clair County judge just issued a verbal order authorizing the comptroller to begin processing employee payroll.
So, now we have two possibly conflicting judicial orders [ADDING: I’m not sure if they actually conflict because of how the appellate court ruled today, but I’m checking] and a bill that the governor is apparently vowing to veto.
Loving that clarity.
…Adding… The attorney general’s office says it will appeal.
…Adding More… Because the appellate court this morning declined to rule on paying state workers their full pay, the comptroller’s office believes it has to follow the St. Clair County judge’s ruling and will being processing payroll.
…Adding Still More… Despite the fact that unions filed the suit based on their collective bargaining contracts, the judge applied his ruling to all state employees, according to the comptroller’s office.
Quite the overreach.
The way I’m hearing it, the judge issued the verbal TRO and then the comptroller’s office jumped up and said it had no way of figuring out who was union and who wasn’t. So the judge said the union members have to be paid, and if you can’t figure it out, then pay everyone.