State Senator Sam McCann tells WLDS-WEAI News he believes not accepting pay while there’s no budget for the current fiscal year, which began at the beginning of this month, is the right thing to do.
“I represent a lot of state employees. Regardless of how many I represent or not, I do not think it would be proper for me, in my opinion, to accept my pay as long as state employees are not being paid. So, I will forgo my pay until a state employees provision is made so that state employees are made whole, are paid on time and in full,” says McCann.
“Quite frankly, we need to stop using them as pawns in these political games.”
Meanwhile, after several media outlets, including WLDS-WEAI, reported State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer would continue to accept a paycheck, he told “WMAY” in Springfield on Tuesday that he’s changed his mind, and that he will “stand in solidarity with state workers”, even though he says it will be a financial hardship for him.
At least two other lawmakers in Illinois have been reported as saying they’ll go without pay.
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