At Wednesday morning’s House Revenue & Finance Committee meeting, Representative Mike Tryon questioned officials from the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget about the financial consequences that could result from SB 1229’s veto override.
The bill would unilaterally allow AFSCME to bring in a binding arbitrator who would review the state’s offer and the union proposal and choose one or the other.
There would be no opportunity for mediation or compromise.
Rauner Budget Director Tim Nuding explained that just through the mandatory appropriations, consent decrees and court orders in place today, Illinois is on pace to overspend by $5-$6 billion this year.
He added that the current AFSCME proposal, which has been on the table unchanged for five months, would increase salary costs by $1.6 billion over the next four years and health care costs by another $700+ million during that time.
Funding it, according to Nuding, would require a major tax increase.
Later in the day when the override vote for SB 1229 came to the House floor, Tryon shared the morning’s revelations with his colleagues during the debate.
You can hear State Rep. Mike Tryon’s House floor speech on the Democrats’ attempt to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of Senate Bill 1229, the bill that would have handcuffed the Governor in union collective bargaining with AFSCME below: