Gov. Rauner said “no” to cost-of-living pay increases for legislators this week, issuing an amendatory veto on Senate Bill 1354.
The Governor noted that there is no room in the budget to increase salaries for legislators, who are already among the highest-paid in the nation. In his veto message the Governor said, “A balanced budget requires shared sacrifice.”
According to Rauner, “Budget implementation bills must give us the tools to implement a balanced and realistic budget, and this change is an important step in closing our budget deficit.”
Senate Bill 1354 will be returned to the Senate where the chamber can vote either to override the Governor’s veto or accept the changes, before sending it over to the House.