Illinois House republicans are pushing a constitutional amendment which would require a balanced budget – as decreed by the auditor general – or else lawmakers and constitutional officers would forgo their paychecks.
State Rep. Dwight Kay, a Glen Carbon republican, says the initiative is attempting to make lawmakers behave like the big business they are, but with more responsibility for the citizens that depend on essential core functions.
He notes they previously haven’t been able to do that and measures have been put forward in legislation, but it did not work.
While lawmakers suggested non-essential services would shut down, they danced around questions of whether union-represented workers would also miss paydays.
A constitutional amendment would go before Illinois voters only if the general assembly approves.