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GOP Lawmaker: Stop Governor, Legislator Salaries until State Bills Are Paid

(Chicago) – A freshman GOP lawmaker has decided that the best way to get the state’s bills paid is not to pay Illinois elected officials.

State Rep. Charlie Meier (R-Okawville)

State Rep. Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) has introduced legislation, House Bill 171, that would suspend the salaries of the governor, lt. governor, secretary of state, comptroller, treasurer, and that of each member of the Illinois General Assembly “until the State has paid in full all vendor accounts that are past due…,” according to the bill text.

“It is a stunt,” said a long-time lobbyist. “Charlie Meier start’s his legislative career with a stunt, and it’s not a good idea, because he looks foolish and not serious as a lawmaker.”

Meier, a Washington County farmer and real estate developer of “villas” from downstate Illinois, introduced the legislation on Friday, January 18.

The measure is now in the House Rules Committee.

Meier’s district includes the portions of Clinton, Eastern Madison, Eastern St. Clair, and most of Washington counties.


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  1. Of course the Legislature will never pass it, but I think it’s a good idea. The State also shouldn’t pay legislative salaries or per diems for any days after the regular session.

  2. Whether or not this idea makes him look foolish or not he has a valid point! If this State ever wants to make progress in fixing the budget problem it is going to come as a sacrifice to ALL,not just State employees,not just the working class. Wasn’t it Abraham Lincoln who said, ” A Nation Divided Cannot Stand”. I think it is a great idea!

  3. way to go charlie. but it makes too much sense for those people to understand. it should be a law that if the state or federal budget is not balanced we shoul make all cuts from the top down. if they really love their country and their state they would do it. it sounds like a stunt because they are shocked that we the people would ask that. i think we need to demand it.

  4. At the very least all politicians everywhere should have a 50 percent pay cut to help reduce the deficit! I do not think this proposal makes him look bad…I applaud him for coming up with it! Need more like him!

  5. I agree with Mr Meier. Why should they be paid for not dealing with our debts? It’s time they made some sacrifices, instead of taking more and more of the tax payer’s paycheck. Stunt or not – it’s a great idea!!

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