Bryant pleased political pockets won't get plumper
Rep. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) cheered Gov. Bruce Rauner’s recent signing of House Bill 643, which blocks a cost-of-living adjustment for state lawmakers and increases to mileage and per diem reimbursements, according to a press release.
“This is a fundamental issue of doing what is right,” Bryant said in the release. “Illinois lawmakers are already among the highest paid in the country. With the record of debt and deficits racked up by the Democrat majority over the last four decades, there is no justification for higher pay or higher reimbursement levels for politicians.”
An existing Illinois law mandates automatic cost-of-living adjustment for state lawmakers unless the General Assembly opts to forgo it. Bryant co-sponsored HB643, which does just that. The release notes that if cost-of-living adjustments had been added as mandated in state law between fiscal years 2010 and 2018, the current base salary for members of the General Assembly would be $79,243.
Bryant, who said she was proud to help advance HB643, according to the release, has voted against the increases for the three years that she has been in office and supported the “no budget, no pay” initiative while the state was working through its budget impasse.