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Press release: Syverson condemns proposed pay hikes

The office of state Sen. Dave Syverson, R-Rockford, issued the following news release Tuesday:

Syverson condemns Gov’s proposed pay hikes
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Feb. 28, 2011

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.. –The more that comes out about Gov. Pat Quinn’s proposed budget, the more it shows his misplaced priorities, says State Sen. Dave Syverson (R-Rockford).

Under the Quinn budget plan, constitutional officers, department directors, members of executive commissions and legislators would all see their salaries go up, including Quinn himself, who stands to see a pay raise of $1,600.

“Lately the Governor has been saying Illinoisans need to sacrifice to help deal with the budget crisis. Apparently he believes that sacrifice applies to everyone except himself and top state officials,” Syverson said. “This is exactly the wrong message we need to be sending right now. The Governor and lawmakers should be leading by example as we make the tough decisions, not padding their wallets by thousands of dollars every year as the Quinn budget would do.”

During his service in the Illinois Senate, Syverson has never accepted a pay raise or Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA), and will not do so in the future. He is vowing to work with other lawmakers to pass a bill that rejects the proposed pay hikes.

“This state was founded on a principle of a citizen legislature – that idea seems to get lost every time state leaders try to increase their pay,” Syverson said.

Last year Syverson successfully sponsored legislation that reduced legislative salaries, stressing that leaders in government should lead by example and be the first to accept cuts.

“To enact a new pay hike would erode the work done last year, and send the wrong message about our state’s priorities,” Syverson warned. “The fact Gov. Quinn is even thinking about passing pay hikes during the worst fiscal crisis in our state’s history shows how out-of-touch he and some leaders in Springfield really are,” Syverson said."

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