Pols pay raise higher than reported, double-standard on COLA for min wage workers
An interesting couple of items from a piece in the D/A:
You may have read stories a couple of weeks ago about lawmakers raising their salaries by 10 percent. Stories last week talked about 15.6 percent raises. Don't be confused. The target figure now is 15.6 percent.Among local legislators, Sen. Jacobs was the only one who originally voted to approve this giant retroactive payday. Commenters to a previous post on the issue where prone to whining that the poor legislators needed much more money or they'd practically be on food stamps. One even suggested that if they didn't get this bonanza, it would be a "pay cut", in typical political double-speak. (read lies).
When the Senate approved raises two weeks ago, they adopted a Compensation Review Board report that said lawmaker salaries should go up by about 10 percent. But when it came time to approve money for their salaries, senators added enough cash to cover two other cost-of-living increases not covered by the Compensation Review Board.
If the House and Gov. Rod Blagojevich go along, the total increase will be 15.6 percent, not 10 percent.
Moreover, they are retroactive, meaning lawmakers will get a lump-sum check for several years' worth of back pay, in addition to seeing their current salaries increase.
Nice work if you can get it.
An unhealthy salary-envy was also revealed due to the fact that U.S. Representitives get more money than state senators.
And the following note on the minimum wage bill shows a rather ironic twist to those who vote an automatic cost of living increase for themselves, retroactively no less, and how they feel about the same for minimum wage earners.
The original bill hiking the minimum wage in Illinois contained a clause saying the minimum wage would increase every year in the future based on the rate of inflation. The common term for this is an annual cost-of-living increase.Hmmmm.
Business groups absolutely hated this provision.
"No other wage earner is guaranteed a raise," Rob Karr of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association said at a Senate hearing. "Pay raises should be earned. They should be based on merit."
Just something to keep in mind when you ponder that Illinois lawmakers years ago voted themselves automatic cost-of-living increases based on the rate of inflation.
"Pay raises should be earned. They should be based on merit."What a novel idea to apply to our elected representives. Think they'd agree?
A commenter provided an unsourced quote reportedly from Jacobs on how he decided his vote on the minimum wage bill. Jacobs supposedly said, "You're damned if you do, you're damned if you don't....I felt a lot of pressure from the unions, so I just closed my eyes and voted for it"
Can anyone provide a source for this supposed quote?
I haven't looked into how the local legislative team voted on the final approval of their retroactive pay raise or the minumum wage bill. Can anyone save me the trouble and let us know how they voted?