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Illinois Hands Out Money It Doesn't Have

Kristina Rasmussen
July 15, 2010

If you were amazed that the State of Illinois is handing out pay bumps to tends of thousands of state workers in the midst of a multi-billion dollar budget deficit, get ready for this.

Between June 2011 and January 2012, unionized state workers are scheduled to receive a total of 7.25 percent in cost of living adjustments. You read that right: 7.25 percent over a period of seven months. Pay steps outside of cost of living adjustments would only grow this amount.


So a state worker making $60,000 on May 31, 2011 will be earning $64,443 on January 2, 2012. Not bad, if you can get it. Or take it, from taxpayers. 

The state is essentially a failing business. It can't pay its bills on time, and it's default risk is heading in the wrong direction. Failing businesses looking to recover don't hand out pay raises like candy -- they work to balance costs with revenues.

Read about ways to right size public employee pay in our latest Spotlight on Spending.


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Submitted by fedup at: July 15, 2010
So reduce their pay to what is within the budget and also post the job for the salary that is within the budget. There are enough people out there that would work for half of what these goverment salaried employees make. They either accept it or lay them off, just like any business would do if there overhead is too high. Jeez, is it really that hard to figure out? These people work for us...the state...but they could care less that we are in over our head. We all have to make sacrifices. The uppers need to lead by example!