Springfield, IL...State Representative Mike Unes (R-East Peoria) co-sponsored an additional effort aimed at ensuring the state employees are paid during the budget impasse in Springfield, House Bill 4245.

Last Thursday, Unes called on both parties to come to a temporary, balanced budget to avoid major interruptions to state services.  Unes’ co-sponsorship of  House Bill 4245 signals his support of another attempt to minimize the impact of a state government shutdown on state employees who are being asked to show up to work, all the while, the ability of the State to pay those employees is being litigated in the courts.

“If the provisions of this bill become law, we can ensure that our state employees continue to get paid while they continue to perform their duties during this budget impasse,” said Unes on Thursday.  “This is just the right thing to do,” Unes continued.

The Democrat Supermajority pushed a different bill on Thursday that allow paying some state workers for two weeks, as well as some other unconstitutional, unbalanced expenditures.  Unes said House Bill 4245 is, “a simple, clean appropriation that doesn’t play politics with the pay of our state employees.  Rather it pays them what we owe them, and does only that.”

Unes went on to say that he is not abandoning his suggestion for a temporary budget, but rather, “recognizing the impact of this week’s court decisions, we need to make absolutely sure that state employees are paid for work they provide.  That is critical and a part of our moral obligation as employers.  This is not the long-term solution, but it should be a strong component of any temporary solution.”

For more information on the state budget situation or any other state issues, contact Rep. Unes’ Pekin District Office at 309-620-8631.


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Springfield, IL...State Representative Mike Unes (R-East Peoria) called on both parties to come to a temporary, balanced budget to avoid major interruptions to state services on Thursday.  As the State of Illinois begins its new fiscal year without a balanced budget in place, the Democrat Supermajority attempted a piece-meal approach on Wednesday, in the way of a temporary 30-day state budget funding some state services.  However, Rep. Mike Unes (R-East Peoria), criticized the bill as still being, “unbalanced and unconstitutional” and not including funding for programs like The Autism Program (TAP).

The Governor’s Office of Management and Budget released a letter on Wednesday explaining that the attempt by the Democrat supermajority to pass their temporary budget would result in ultimately spending much more money than revenue is expected for the fiscal year.  The letter describes that the Democrat proposal, “marches the taxpayers of Illinois toward an unbalanced budget one month at a time.”

Rep. Unes went on to urge an attainable solution to remedy this situation, “if we simply divide our expected revenues by 12 months and pass an extension of spending levels commensurate with expected revenues, we can keep state government services open, pay our employees, and not have major interruptions in the lives of vulnerable Illinois citizens dependent on the state safety net.”

“I’m for a comprehensive approach that gives a voice to the voiceless.  It’s a cruel game to string along the most vulnerable when you know the money won’t be there at the end of the year.  Unfortunately, the math simply doesn’t add up here on Madigan’s budget extension.  We are charged by the Illinois Constitution with not spending more money than incoming revenues.  Today, I suggest a simple solution to keep the doors open- pass a temporary budget that simply divides expected revenues and fund the programs we can based on priorities established by the legislature.  We cannot simply make up our own numbers, though,” said Unes, “we have to operate in the real world.”

For more information on the state budget situation or any other state issues, contact Rep. Unes’ Pekin District Office at 309-620-8631.


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