*** UPDATED - Rauner response *** This just in… Democrats file amendment to pay state workers for a month
Thursday, Jul 9, 2015
* A Democratic House amendment was filed to the one-month budget today. HA 1 funds state employee salaries through Fiscal Year 2016 at FY 15 levels [ADDING: The sponsor is now declaring that this amendment will, along with the underlying bill, expire on August 1 - so, it’s a one-month deal for workers]. Click here to read it.
Hat tip: Monique.
As always, check for updates on our live coverage post.
…Adding… Awaiting a response from the governor’s office. This is an appropriations bill, so the governor could use his line-item veto to get rid of the part he doesn’t want - the one-month budget.
Either way, it puts him and particularly the House Republicans on the spot. What do they do now?
…Adding More… There’s another little poison pill in the bill. It funds employee group healthcare at FY15 levels. Rauner wanted to cut spending on that area by taking it out of the collective bargaining process. The Dems shorted the fund by the same amount Rauner did.
*** UPDATE *** GOP state Rep. CD Davidsmeyer just said on the House floor: “We’ve clarified, he’s going to veto this bill.”
Still no response from the governor’s office.
*** UPDATE *** Lance Trover…