Rauner on Tuesday again complained that lawmakers are in line for a pay raise while the budget impasse continues. Lawmakers are entitled to an automatic cost of living adjustment, although they have voted to reject it in recent years.
The raise this year is 2 percent, which will increase their annual pay by $1,300 at least. Lawmakers make a base salary of $67,836, although most earn more because they hold top committee or leadership posts.
“If they are going to take a $1,300 pay hike for themselves, they should start earning that pay,” Rauner said. […]
“The governor is attempting to divert attention away from solutions to the problem of the budget,” Madigan said, noting that the budget sent to the governor did not include money for the raises.
Madigan says the spending plan approved by the General Assembly that Rauner vetoed in June did not appropriate money for the raises.
He said he couldn’t answer whether the raises will take effect even though there was no action to nix them.
OK, well this shouldn’t be too difficult to figure out.
I checked with the comptroller’s office this morning and was told that Comptroller Munger “regrettably” will be including the raises in upcoming legislative paychecks because of the law passed last year that makes legislative salaries a continuing appropriation.