“I have consistently stated my belief that the State of Illinois can operate more efficiently and I want to set an example,” said State Rep. David McSweeney (R-Cary). “Given our precarious financial situation, I believe government should always be looking inward at saving taxpayer dollars. During these tough economic times, families have to tighten their belts and government should do the same.”
An Illinois House member's salary and district office allotment are around $68,000 and $69,000 respectively. With McSweeney’s salary reimbursement action this week, both will be reduced to 90% of those initial figures for calendar year 2013 with the salary figure adjusted for taxes paid.
McSweeney also plans to cut his calendar year 2014 salary and office budget by 10%. These reductions come in addition to his initial action opting out of the State’s General Assembly Retirement Pension System.
“Government leaders must lead by example and that’s what I am doing,” added McSweeney. “We must remain focused on stabilizing our State’s finances and creating good paying jobs, but to do that our fiscal house must be in order.
In addition to cutting his salary, office budget and rejecting his pension McSweeney also upheld his commitment to file legislation on his first day in office aimed at repealing the 67% tax increase. During the upcoming session, he’s also firmly committed to fighting the recent push to implement a progressive tax increase which has the potential to extract billions from Illinois’ ailing economy and grind economic development and job growth to a halt.