Taxpayers Oppose Pension-Millionaires-Bill HB 1702

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  1. Linda Phillips says:

    I have read your comments about state employees wanting a better retirement. My husband has been a State mechanic for 33 years and has had to deal with the following: working on concrete takes a toll on knees, feet and hips; working in diesel and gas fumes daily is dangerous; working with chemicals in cleaning engines and parts is dangerous; getting a call at 2:30 a.m. during a blizzard that a snow plow is down and needs repaired to be able to get back out on the road; eyes being burned from welding; hernias from heavy lifting; at the present time, having three mechanics to service approximately 600 state vehicles, including state police vehicles that need to stay on the road to keep our state safe. I don’t believe we would quite fit into the millionaire category that you referred to. At $50,000 a year salary after 33 years on the job, I think we would need to live to be way over 100 to ever reach that plateau. Something that really needs your attention as blocking state waste is the increases in salary that the legistators will slide through unnoticed later in the year. (article from June 3, 2008, Champaign News-Gazette). Also, a big waste, would be the daily plane commute from Chicago to Springfield for the governor and his entourage and the taxpayers paying for two residences, one in Chicago and one in Springfield. Surely, with the price increase in fuel, the governor really takes into consideration the cost of the trips? We can only hope so.

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