Terri Bryant: Chicago Politician’s New Plan for Pension Reform is Unconstitutional

Murphysboro…On July 26th, Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) presented a new proposal for pension reform.  This plan would force state employees to make a painful decision between any pay raises over their entire career or significantly reducing their annual cost of living adjustment (COLA) when they retire.

Senate President Cullerton’s plan follows a decision in July by the Illinois Supreme Court which rejected a legislative effort to force retirees to pay higher costs for their health insurance.  The Supreme Court rejected the legislative proposal, pointing to Article XIII, Section 5 of the Illinois Constitution which states, “membership in any pension or retirement system of the State…shall not be diminished or impaired.”

“Asking an employee to work for 35 years without a pay raise is absurd,” said Republican candidate for State Representative Terri Bryant.  “Cullerton’s plan to further diminish the benefits promised to our state employees is an unconstitutional slap in the face.  Each pension reform plan we see from incumbent Chicago politicians diminishes public employee benefits, while at the same time protecting benefits for our incumbent legislators.”

In 1917, Illinois legislators made $1,750 annually.  Today, legislators now earn $67,836 annually.  Furthermore, in May of this year, the Democrat controlled legislature voted to increase their pay 4.6%, which amounts to a $3,118 pay raise.

Terri Bryant added, “I find it appalling but not surprising that a Chicago politician wants to eliminate all state employee pay raises yet supports pay raises for elected officials.  This kind of behavior coming from our politicians should not be tolerated.”

Terri Bryant is the Republican candidate for State Representative of the 115th District.  The district encompasses all or parts of the counties of Jackson, Jefferson, Washington, Perry and Union.

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