Oh, wait, that’s just going to be the reaction to this tacit admission that Illinois is running out of other people’s money:
Illinois legislators may try to limit the amount of raises granted to unionized state workers in their next contracts.
The House Revenue and Finance Committee began hearings Thursday on House Joint Resolution 45, which says the state will budget no more than a certain amount to pay wage increases connected to union contracts. The amount has not been determined.
The resolution also states that the size of the state workforce or a reduction in it shall not be part of collective bargaining.
Yeah, that should fly through the legislature without opposition. Or labor riots. Or widespread property damage. And I am Marie of Roumania.
Not much else to say, except for my slightly pawky observation that I don’t think that the line below came out the way that the union spokesman intended for it to come out:
Bayer said the average pay for a state worker in Illinois is $60,292, less than that in Iowa or Minnesota.
…That is more money per year than I’ve actually ever made in my life, and I was a white-collar worker. And I’m betting a better pension system, too.
— Lee Stranahan (@Stranahan) November 18, 2012