A press release from State Rep. David McSweeney:
Rep. David McSweeney outraged lawmakers are given a pay raise while state still has no budget Lawmaker to give his pay raise to charity organizations
Springfield, IL – State Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) says lawmakers should not be receiving a pay raise when the State does not even have a balanced budget.
By law, he is not able to reject the pay raise and announced today he is donating the full amount of the yearly extra pay to charity.
“I think it is outrageous that we as legislators are getting a pay raise even though we are not down in Springfield every single day doing our job to get a budget passed,” said Rep. David McSweeney.
“We should be down there every day working to resolve the budget crisis. People are going to get hurt if we don’t do our job and pass a budget soon.”
McSweeney continued, “We should go into session immediately to pass legislation to eliminate the pay raise for members.”
Legislators are receiving a two percent automatic cost-of- living adjustment, which amounts to about an additional $1,563 annually. The pay increase is automatic and the Comptroller’s office has said that the law prohibits McSweeney from rejecting the pay increase outright.
McSweeney said today he is donating $781.50 to the McHenry County Pioneer Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the economically disadvantaged and disabled achieve their full potential as individuals. He’s donating an additional $781.50 to the Night Ministry, a nonprofit group that helps homeless children and adults.
McSweeney has voluntarily cut his own pay and district office budget by 10%.
He’s also not going to accept his future paychecks until the state budget crisis is solved.
In addition, earlier this year, McSweeney introduced House Bill 1313 which eliminates COLA’s for legislators and forces them to take furlough days.