SPRINGFIELD — State lawmakers today voted to give themselves 12 unpaid days off during the next year and rejected 1.1 percent cost-of-living increases.
The proposal, sponsored by Sen.
One opponent, Sen.
"This is somewhat pandering to an electorate, to say we are self-righteous enough to cut when we haven't been able to cut the overall budget," Johnson said.
A lawmaker's base pay is $67,836 a year, but would be $64,717 a year once the 12 furlough days are figured in.
Another opponent, Sen.
"We want to pretend that we're doing a favor to the public," said Collins. "The public doesn't expect us to get paid less money for the job that we do. What they expect us to do is do the very best job that we can do and not say that we should do it free."