Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka said Thursday that she has no choice but to withhold lawmakers' paychecks, citing a precedent-setting court case that bars her from paying state employees without a budget appropriation or court order.
Gov. Pat Quinn cut $13.8 million for legislators' paychecks from a budget bill earlier this month, saying it wouldn't be restored until lawmakers addressed the state's $97 billion pension shortfall. He also suspended his own pay.
"It is my deep hope that this matter is resolved expeditiously," either by a court or by lawmakers agreeing on a solution to the pension crisis, said Topinka, who undertook a legal review to determine if Quinn's actions were constitutional. The Riverside Republican said Thursday that Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office advised her of the case that appears to bar her from acting
She called Quinn's actions a "serious precedent that is being created," and said the stalemate was "no way to run government."
Well, good. Maybe they will all go back under their rocks which they slithered out from.
Excellent! Now, if we could just do that in other in-debt states and at the Federal level we might actually make some FORWARD progress-for-REAL instead of backward 'so-called-progress' by the 'self-labeled-progressives'.
Again Ms.Olson, I will say thank you, great observation, can't you just hear the federal employees screaming now.
Shut'em down. Gotta love it.
Not to worry , we will ALL pick up the tab via Obam-ass and his communist cabal .
Now if We, the People, can shut down our bloated, wasteful, irresponsible and worthless Federal government, this once great nation might have a chance to survive, let alone revive!
Is Illinois starting to circle Detroit's drain?
Can we demand this for Washington D.C. There is talk of shutting down the government which I have no problem with, they can hang a sign that states, "Closed for Repairs"....
The problem with shutting down D.C. is that all Federal Funds and payments to Disabled Veterans, and the Armed Forces would not get paid either then..... duh.