• Comptroller calls Quinn’s veto “blackmail”

    by  • July 25, 2013 • News

    Gov. Pat Quinn says state Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is following the Illinois Constitution by not issuing paychecks to state lawmakers.

    Judy Baar Topinka

    Judy Baar Topinka

    Quinn put out a statement Thursday after Topinka said she has no choice but to withhold the paychecks. Topinka’s office reviewed Quinn’s decision to cut state legislator’s paychecks from a budget bill earlier this month. He called it the consequence for lawmakers’ failure to address the state’s $97 billion pension shortfall.

    While Topinka said today that After the Governor used his amendatory veto to remove the budget line items for lawmaker salaries, she could not pay lawmakers without an appropriation, she commented that Quinn’s method is no way to run government and that threats, blackmail and inertia may be good theater, but it makes office holders look ridiculous and takes away from their ability to get things done.

    The governor said Topinka “properly recognized” his line-item veto. But Topinka says she hopes the matter will be resolved “expeditiously.” She says in her opinion government shouldn’t be run through threats and blackmail.

    Lawmakers are scheduled to receive their next paychecks on Aug. 1.