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Rezin, Barickman say no to state lawmaker pay raises

State senators Sue Rezin and Jason Barickman are not in favor of state lawmakers receiving a pay raise.

Rezin, a Morris Republican, is co-sponsoring legislation, House Bill 5670, that would prohibit the cost of living adjustment, as well as not allow any increase to daily per diem and mileage reimbursement rates.

“This is common-sense legislation and the right thing to do,” Rezin said in a press statement Tuesday. “This should be the easiest piece of legislation we pass all year, and I am hopeful we get this done quickly.”

Under current law, lawmakers would receive a scheduled cost of living adjustment on July 1.

“The current budget is wildly out of balance, and as lawmakers begin negotiations on the next budget we know we are facing shortfalls and increasing costs, so we have to find areas to cut spending,” Barickman said in a press statement. “Freezing the salaries of lawmakers is a small but important first step that allows lawmakers to show they are willing to lead by example.”

The bill also prohibits automatic raises for statewide constitutional officers, state’s attorneys, and all appointees in positions in which the Compensation Review Board previously recommended or determined pay.

House Bill 5760 passed the House on April 18 with an overwhelming majority and is now in the Senate Government Reform Committee.

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