SPRINGFIELD – Asking colleagues to put the residents they serve ahead of themselves, state Rep. Katie Stuart, D-Edwardsville, passed legislation today out of committee that would prevent an automatic legislator pay raise and freeze reimbursement rates lawmakers receive for travel to Springfield.
It is Stuart’s first piece of election. She was elected to office in November and took office in January.
“As seniors, children and residents across our state continue to feel the pain of our budget impasse, it would be simply irresponsible for Springfield politicians to give themselves a pay raise,” Stuart said. “We need to put aside political perks, and instead focus on crafting a responsible, bipartisan budget that puts those we represent first.”
Stuart’s House Bill 643 would block an automatic pay increase that lawmakers are scheduled to receive in July. Additionally, the measure freezes travel and lodging reimbursements that General Assembly members receive for attending session days in Springfield.
House Bill 643 passed the Executive Committee unanimously, and now heads to the full Illinois House of Representatives for consideration.
“This should be an issue that members on both sides of the aisle agree on,” Stuart said. “Too many politicians have viewed their job as a way to enrich themselves, which is why legislation like this is necessary to help put our state back on track.”
— From the Illinois Business Journal