A former GOP lawmaker is disappointed with Governor Pat Quinn's decision to freeze legislators' pay in response to the state pension crisis. State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, who plans to run for governor in the upcoming election, says it is an inappropriate way to handle the dilemma.
"The idea of him vetoing the legislative salaries might have been popular for a populus move in the general public, but in realistic terms, I'm not sure that's the best to try to resolve something that's complicated and hard to do," he says.
Rutherford says Quinn's decision also sets a bad precedent. He says governors of the future might cite this situation and use a pay freeze to advance their interests.
Rutherford also says he is ready to tackle the pension crisis if elected as governor. He says he would involve everyone in negotiations and ensure that legislators do what is necessary. But, he says he wants to see action now.
"I would hope that Pat Quinn and this General Assembly will have this resolved before the year and a half when I become governor because this is just costing the taxpayers every single day that they continue to not have a resolution," he says.
Rutherford will campaign against Bill Brady of Bloomington and Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale for the Republican nomination.
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